I am currently writing a survey paper in the computer science domain. At one point, I distinguish between "structured data" and "unstructured data". I need a summarizing term for both (to name the dimension, "data" would be too broad). Is there a better term than "structuredness" (in case that even exists...)?

  • Even in the database domain I can't think of a correct term for what you need. But you must know that Structured means the data has a pattern, such as each record always beginning with the last name then the first. It is this kind of data that you can form into a database that is normalized to some extent. Awaiting your comments.
    – Elliot
    Jul 9, 2020 at 15:46
  • See What is the opposite of raw data?. Also synonyms/antonyms of raw data - probably a software-generated page, but it definitely reflects the well-known distinction between data and information, which is probably relevant to your context. Jul 9, 2020 at 15:50
  • One word requests require an example sentence. “Structuredness does not exist — the noun is “structure”, but I don’t see how this would cover the two types of data.
    – David
    Jul 9, 2020 at 18:59
  • What makes this about English, not some computer science, information technology or data processing language? You introduced the terms so how, in your view, could "structured…" and "unstructured data" not be summarized as "data", even if that was a "dimension"? Your problem repeats itself in the query "Is there a better term than 'structuredness…" which clearly exists until you cite some technical dictionaries or glossaries relevant to your work which say otherwise. "… structuredness…" begs the Question "… structuredness…" of what? Of data? Can you find a CS, IT or DP forum? Jul 11, 2020 at 21:22


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