Types of Information


Detailed information might be an inventory list showing stock levels, actual costs to the penny of goods, detailed operating instructions, and so on. This information is most often used at the operational level within an organisation.


This information usually refers only to selected records from a database: for example, only selected customers from a company’s full customer list.  In a supermarket this may be product and sales summaries given to departmental managers (bakery, fruit and vegetables, etc.).  Sampled information is often used at a tactical level within an organisation. Depending on the size of the organisation it may also be relevant at a strategic level.


This is information that consists of totals created when detailed information is collated. An example of aggregated information is the details of all purchases made by customers totalled each month and displayed in a chart showing total sales for each month over a year.

In order to show all three types of information, here is an example that some of you should be familiar with.  In a league of teams who play each other twice in a season, the detailed information would be the score line for each game played by all the teams in the league. Sampled information would be the details for a team in the league relating to their performance. Aggregated information would be the goals for, goals against and goal difference for a team in a league.

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