dig·​i·​ti·​za·​tion ˌdi-jə-tə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce digitization (audio)
: the process of converting something to digital form (see digital sense 2)
After two years of cataloging and digitization, the material will take its place in Tulsa alongside a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence …Ben Sisario
The role of libraries has shifted significantly with the digitization of the printed word and the advent of the internet.Andrew J. Yawn

Examples of digitization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That struggle to master digitization is one of the reasons Japanese giants have had trouble competing in world markets. Richard Katz, Foreign Affairs, 31 Jan. 2024 His account shows that the structure of the paper’s early digitization efforts—two staffs, two funding streams, two metabolisms, competition for one world view—caused enough friction to rattle the bolts of the newsroom’s special mandate. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 The digitization process protects them from the degradation our physical content often faces over time. Stack Commerce, Popular Science, 1 Feb. 2024 Yellen has said that budget cuts could also slow down the digitization process and hamper efforts to improve customer service. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 2 Aug. 2023 Crucial systems work better, many types of corruption have been reined in and digitization of commerce has opened up new arenas for growth. Alex Travelli, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2024 So the automation, digitization, that process takes a very long time. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 20 Dec. 2023 Nokia’s industrial metaverse business is just one example of the growing intersection between digitization and climate change. Justin Worland, Time, 6 July 2023 That shift is, of course, closely related to the digitization of banking. Erin Slater, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of digitization was in 1954

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“Digitization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digitization. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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