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    Data on or about

    Hi there,

    What is the prep that follows the word "data"?
    For example, the police kept data on everyone who has been arrested.
    Can this be said as "The police kept data about everyone who has been arrested."?

    I have been using "about", and it is likely to be incorrect, because I have just come across a prep "on" that follows "data" in the sentence I provided here as an example.

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    Re: Data on or about

    I think "on" is more common, but "about" is possible. Please don't use "prep" for "preposition".

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