data processing


Definition of data processing 

: the converting of raw data to machine-readable form and its subsequent processing (such as storing, updating, rearranging, or printing out) by a computer

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Once the campaign is completed and the data processed, NOAA plans to publish the finding in scientific journals and make the data publicly available. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "NOAA ‘heat island’ campaign to map which areas in D.C. and Baltimore swelter the most," 11 July 2018 Daimler and Bosch picked high-tech data processing company Nvidia as a key supplier for the project. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to launch self-driving car service in Silicon Valley," 10 July 2018 One filing, made against Facebook on behalf of an Austrian woman, asks the country's data protection authority to investigate and, as appropriate, prohibit data processing operations based on invalid consent. Lucy Fielder And Douglas Busvine, The Christian Science Monitor, "As GDPR takes effect, Austrian activist challenges 'forced consent'," 25 May 2018 San Diego’s Illumina has acquired data processing technology start-up Edico Genome for $100 million to accelerate efforts to make genetic testing more widely accessible in everyday health care. Mike Freeman,, "Illumina buys start-up Edico Genome for $100M to help speed up genetic analysis," 15 May 2018 The software data processing company was a leading government contractor and had more than 4,000 employees before it was acquired by Affiliated Computer Systems in 1998. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 12 May 2018 But with imagery data processed through HoloBuilders cameras, Akbari said architectural teams can capture a realistic and more accurate view of how a project is progressing. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Startup creates 3-D floor plans for buildings under construction," 15 Jan. 2018 While the previous iteration had 48 data processing units and played 30 million training games over the course of several months, Zero had only 4 processing units and played 4.9 million training games over three days. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Latest AI Teaches Itself to Play Go With No Human Help," 20 Oct. 2017 As recently as Wednesday, the tribe sued Microsoft and Amazon on behalf of a small technology company called SRC Labs, which claims that the big companies are infringing its patents on data processing technologies. Michael Hiltzik,, "A judge calls foul on Allergan's attempt to hide its drug patents behind an Indian tribe's sovereignty," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of data processing

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of data processing was in 1954

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English Language Learners Definition of data processing

: the process of putting information into a computer so that the computer can organize it, change its form, etc.

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