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digital entity


n. ~ A bitstream that represents knowledge through the use of attributes and their relationships.


Digital entities are highly abstract representations of concepts. They may be considered to embody more than information because the entity indicates how the data elements that form the information (attributes) relate to one another and how the information as a whole relates to a larger information environment. Digital entities are often used to represent digital objects in models, and some software packages automatically map entities to object-oriented maps.

(Moore 2003) Digital entities are 'images of reality,' made of: data, the bit (zeros and ones) put on a storage system; information, the semantics used to assign semantic meaning to the data; knowledge, the structural relationships described by a data model. ¶ Every digital entity requires information and knowledge to correctly interpret and display.