Dataflow
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\ˈdā-tə\ + \ˈflō\
Etymology: Data. Latin, plural of datum. + Flow. Latin pluere to rain, Greek plein to sail, float
Function: Noun

1 A data flow diagram is a graphical representation of the "flow" of data through an information system. A data flow diagram can also be used for the visualization of data processing (structured design).

Dataflow diagrams can be used to provide the end user with a physical idea of where the data they input ultimately has an effect upon the structure of the whole system from order to dispatch to restock how any system is developed can be determined through a dataflow diagram.

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(mariana paz, 07/12/07)
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