During the spring, I had a couple students who used the term "digitalization." I'd heard people use the term before instead of "digitization" and decide to finally look it up. According to the dictionary, "digitalization" is defined as "the administration of digitalis for the treatment of certain heart disorders ." It can also mean "to digitize," although the prevailing term for digitizing is "digitization." So...I told my students about the differences in the word. I've also added that information to my workshops.
Recently I have been using the new version of Ask.com and decided to see what appeared when I searched for "digitization." Lo and behold, one of the expanded search terms to use is "digitalization" and if you search that term, you do find many hits. At least one, talks about how digitalization should not be used. Some seem to be sites that include "digitalization" in their metadata, knowing that some people will search using that word instead of "digitization."
With this information in hand, now I'll need to change my tune. Yes, "digitalization" does relate to the word digitalis and can mean "to digitize." It is more correct (and less ambiguous) to use the word "digitization." However, if you are placing something on the Internet about digitization, you may want to also add "digitalization" to your metadata (as well as digitisation and digitalisation) to increase its findability.
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