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Data Integrity: What It Is and Why It Matters

June 20, 2024

The term “garbage in, garbage out,” or GIGO, dates back to the earliest days of commercial computing in the mid-20th century. Yet the concept was present more than 100 years earlier at the very dawn of computing. When Charles Babbage first described his difference engine, a member of Parliament asked him whether the machine could generate the “right answers” if the “wrong figures” were put in. Babbage later wrote that he was unable to “apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.”

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