“For most of Western history, interpretation has
far outrun data … modern tendency is quite the contrary, as we see data
outrun meaning”--Daniel Boorstin, “The Age of Negative Discovery”,Cleopatra’s Nose: Essays on the
Unexpected (NY, Random House 1994)
User provided data (be wary of surveys, sites
that ask for personal information)
The computer’s IP address.
The number the site’s server assigns to a
specific user name or password.
The date and time of requests the computer
makes. Most log files are chronological.
The method of the request. This will be GET if
the server sent information to the user, POST if the visitor sent personal
data to the server, or HEAD if the visitor is an automated system checking
whether anything on the site has changed, such as the date.