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The Information Triad

The data held in a system, part of the Information Triad with Context and the user.

The Information Content is often considered in contrast with the System Behaviour.

Any computer based system can be thought of as containing three main elements:

  • Hardware: the static physical components
  • Software: the customisable "instructions" that define behaviour
  • Information Content: the data that determines current state

However since the Information Content determines the system's behaviour the boundary between Information Content and Software can be difficult to clearly define.

UML Structure Diagrams are widely used to describe the Information Content of a system.

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