‘Every act of visualisation of digital data remains uncertain in its relationship to the original; one could even say that every such performance itself becomes an original. [...] every digital copy has its own here and now – an aura of originality – that a mechanical copy does not have.' Boris Groys, 'In the Flow' and 'Monday Begins On Saturday'
Plural of datum. This means 'something given'. It is not used very much. There is always too much of it, and so it becomes data.
Data is taken from us all the time and as such used all too much.
Data is used by persons unknown.
Data saturates our times; data of the past is reproduced, reconstructed, redefined, repeatedly.