The world of automated data capture and analysis can be more than a little confusing to the uninitiated, and terms like ‘research’, ‘analytics’ and ‘redaction’ don’t exactly help matters when they mean so many different things to different parties. Here at the Document Capture Co, we think that our clients should know a bit more about what we do and how we can help, so that means disambiguating some of the more opaque terms you’ll find in our industry. In this data capture blog post, we’re going to talk you through the process known as ‘redaction’, in laymen’s terms of course!
What is redaction?
Redaction is an editorial process that may be applied to your research project, study or audit. When a company undertakes an automated data capture project, they’ll often produce numerous data sets referring to different audience samples, online forms of aspects of their business. In order to come to an accurate, relevant conclusion, it’s important that these data sets are pointing in the same direction and informing a coherent goal. Redaction is the process of combining several, sometimes disparate data sets into one cohesive study. It often involves the editing or removal of erroneous or repeated pieces of data, eventually producing a single data set for you to interpret as you will.
Why is it important for my study?
We find that it’s often helpful to look at a data study – be it a research project, audit or survey – as a three part process. First off, the automated data capture procedure provides you with the information needed to help you complete your study. Next comes data analysis – the examination of the raw data and the interpretation of fact from figures. Finally, it’s time to use that data analysis to generate the conclusion to your study – the discovery generated by a research project or the corporate inefficiencies turned up by an audit, for example.
The redaction process comes between the data capture and analysis stages in the chain, and it’s a convenient, expedient, labour-saving process. Before your study is redacted, you’ll often be left with a confusing mass of data – pages of disparate figures that you’ll have to sift through before you can take your study any further. Redaction brings clarity to the madness, allowing you to analyse your data efficiently and minimising the risk of human error.
The world of data capture can be bewildering, but we’re on hand to ensure that you reach the goals your studies set out to achieve. If you’re still unsure of how the process works, or would like more information on the redaction process, contact us for a free, no-obligation workshop and see how our services can help your business achieve its aims this year.