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Capture, Digitization, Imaging, Native Creation, Scanning, & Upload

Capture, Digitization, Imaging, Native Creation, Scanning, & Upload

A common area of confusion is at the beginning of the information lifecycle. “Capture”, “Digitization”, “Imaging”, “Native Creation”, “Scanning”, and “Upload” all have distinct meanings despite their being commonly confused and misused.

From this visual we can see a hierarchy for capture related terms:

  • Capture
    • Scanning (any type of conversion of a physical item into digital format)
      • Imaging (scanning to a picture format, e.g. jpg, png, basic pdf)
      • Digitization (scanning to readable format or extraction of metadata)
    • File Upload (Moving a piece of information into a system)
    • Native Creation (Creating a piece of information in a system, e.g. Microsoft Word file created in Microsoft SharePoint or Google Doc created in Google Drive)
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