Coined in the 1910s, from raw (“unprocessed”) + data.
raw data (uncountable)
- (data management, statistics) Data that have not been analyzed or processed.
2013, Lisa Gitelman, editor, Raw Data Is an Oxymoron, MIT Press, →ISBN, page 11:
Do their speakers semantically align supposedly raw data with supposedly raw text (that is, ASCII) and supposedly raw footage (unedited film or video) the way that English speakers do?
data that have not been analyzed