The term of “digitization” is the representation of an object, image, son etc. in an analogue signal, by generating a series of numbers that describe a discrete set of its points or samples. The result is called digital representation. This digital form or the form of binary numbers, is of crucial importance to data processing, storage and transmission, because it allows information of all formats to be carried with the same efficacy and also intermingled.
According to the digital history, the digitization divides the control zone archives. In fact we need to think at the power between users and database owners.
However, the process of scanning, or coding, has impacts between the source and the historical reality
Whaley, J. H.. (1994). Digitizing History.The American Archivist,57(4), 660-672.« Back to Glossary Index