Part 2 in a 3-part series on revisiting the definition of Information.
In this second blog post in a three-part series, we’re exploring the connection between Laws of Nature and information, considering the implications on information management practices and designs, and how it applies to your Data Vault. Read the first blog post here.
Here’s a quick recap diagram for reference:
To achieve full information status, the following 5 levels must be in place:
The complete characterisation: Let’s explore if there are Laws of Nature that apply to information and then consider the implications on information management practices and designs, and how it applies to your Data Vault.
These are the Laws of Nature for information:
LAW 1: Anything material, such as physical/chemical processes, cannot create something non-material.
LAW 2: Information is a non-material fundamental entity and not a property of matter.
LAW 3: Information requires a material medium for storage and transmission.
LAW 4: Information cannot originate in statistical processes.
LAW 5: There can be no information without a code.
LAW 6: All codes result from an intentional choice and agreement between sender and recipient.
LAW 7: The determination of meaning for and from a set of symbols is a mental process that requires intelligence.
LAW 8: There can be no new information without a purposeful and intelligent sender.
LAW 9: Any given chain of information can be traced back to an intelligent source.
LAW 10: Information comprises the non-material foundation for all:
These are the laws that govern information. If all five layers are in effect, we have a full definition of information. Let’s analyse how these laws manifest itself in our technology solutions:
This gives us a microcosm of the laws governing information. In the next article we will explore the implications of these laws specifically in the context of Data Vault 2.0.