Forms of Information


The vast majority of information created within an organisation is in the written form. This can include hand-written or word processed information and information in e-mails as well as reports produced from different classes of software, both general-purpose packages and bespoke software solutions.  Examples of written information are reports, memos and tables, receipts, invoices, statements, and summary accounting information.  The list is almost endless and different businesses will produce their own type of written information.


Another common form of information is aural, which is information presented as sound. The commonest form of aural information is of course speech and examples of this would be formal meetings (where minutes are taken), informal meetings, talking on the phone and voice-mail messages. Nowadays many organisations will have employees giving a presentation or talk to a group where there may be use made of music and sound effects as well as speech.


This form of information includes when pictures, charts and graphs are used to communicate information.  Again, many presentations will make use of data projectors and presentation software that will include text, graphics and animations.  Full video can also be projected via a data projector, and presentations can use video filmed with a digital video camera and then edited on a computer and distributed via CD or DVD now that DVD writers are quite common.




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