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Humanist Archives: Nov. 11, 2019, 6:18 a.m. Humanist 33.390 - digitization vs digitalization

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 390.
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        Date: 2019-11-10 09:35:52+00:00
        From: Claire Clivaz 
        Subject: Digitization VS Digitalization: is there any difference?

Dear colleagues,

Since some months, I have been thinking about the distinction between
"digitization" and "digitalization", a difference that does not exist in
French for example.

The word "digitalization" can often be found on Google in DH volumes,
but generally, it simply refers to this collected essay:

Willard McCarty (ed.). 2010. /Text and Genre in Reconstruction: Effects
of Digitalization on Ideas, Behavious, Products and Institutions/.
Cambridge, OpenBook Publishers.

However, "digitalization" is present only in the title of this book.
Willard kindly explained to me that it was the publisher wish to get it
in the title. Moreover, we have apparently only one article of
definition of both concepts (not in OA):

J. Scott Brennen and Daniel Kreiss. 2016. Digitalization
/International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy/ 23

As for me, I did a first lecture on this binomial expression in France
(Nice 2019), with the video here
and I have a paper accepted on the topic at the AIUCD 2020. I am now
interested in raising the debate here: do you think that there is any
difference between these two English words? In DH in particular?

All the best,


Claire Clivaz
Head of DH+
SIB | Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
Amphipole 187 - Quartier Sorge, Dorigny - CH-1015 Lausanne
t +41 21 692 40 60

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