what is digitizationDigitization - an introduction
Technically, the term digitization means conversion of various types and formats of information like text, audio, images, drawings and videos, into a single binary code. It represents the capturing of analog signals in digital format. Digitization is the only process that facilitates fast transmission, processing and easy storage of these objects with the help of computers. Digitization may be preceded by either scanning directly from an original two dimensional analog such as photos, forms, hand written documents etc., or by capturing them as images from digital camera or CAT scanners etc. Digitization plays a very important role in every aspect of post-modern life, where official and even personal communication takes place on a virtual platform through computers, laptops, tablets and mobiles. Our dynamic lifestyle necessitates the importance of fast availability of data in digital format that is stored either in a virtual repository, hard disk or memory cards or portable storage device. This requirement for fast data access has led to a sharp reduction in the usage of hard copies, synonymous with immobility and unavailability. Digitized data, since stored in a repository, also assures better data security, for they can be locked with passwords and other security measures.