Has anyone else noticed the trend for people to talk about “Digitalisation” rather than “Digitisation”? Over the past year, student essays, newspaper reports, and various websites have started using “Digitalisation” to mean the process of creating digital representation of analogue objects and media. Now, I know language shifts and changes, and to some extent, “Digitalisation” makes kinda sense – you are making something digital, right? And there is the whole digitisation/digitization argument, but lets not get into that. Instead, lets have a look at some definitions:
Digitisation: The process of creating digital files by scanning or otherwise converting analogue materials.The resulting digital copy, or digital surrogate, would then be classed as digital material and then subject to the same broad challenges involved in preserving access to it, as “born digital” materials. (From the Digital Preservation Coalition website).
Digitalisation: The administration of digitalis or one of its active constituents to a patient or an animal so that the required physiological changes occur in the body; also, the state of the body resulting from this. (From the Oxford English Dictionary).
So now you know. Spell carefully, my friends….
ps. Yes I know in the early 1960s digitalisation was also used to mean digitisation. But it settled down pretty quickly into digitisation.
pps. Yes, I know policing the interweb for spelling mistakes is a pointless task. I was only pointing out an observation…