What Is Machine Generated Data?

Written by Caitlin Davidson

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Machine Generated Data Defined

Machine generated data (MGD) is information that is produced by mechanical or digital devices without human intervention. MGD can often used to describe data which has been generated by an organization’s industrial control systems and mechanical devices that are designed to carry out a single function. Manually entered data by an end user is not considered to be machine generated.

Machine generated data can be found across all sectors  of computing and a business. This type of data makes use of computers in any of their daily operations, and this type of data can be generated by users unknowingly.

Examples of machine generated data include:

  • APIs
  • Security endpoints
  • Message queues
  • Change events
  • Cloud application
  • Sensor data

Machine generated data is valuable because it  contains a definitive, real time record of all user behavior and activity, as well as transactions, applications, servers, networks and mobile devices.

In Data Defined, we help make the complex world of data more accessible by explaining some of the most complex aspects of the field.

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