What do you think about when you hear the word "Data"? What is it? Where does it come from, where can it be found?
Though I'm not a trekkie, I think of the tv character. :)
Then I think of computer data. And that would be quantifyable, meaningful, organized information.
Data comes from recording observations. The recorder and observer can be human or machine. Data can be found all around us. It might be in a database, spreadsheet, notebook, or grocery receipt.