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yunus
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Hello,

In legal domain, on the issue of seizure of computers, mobile phones, sd cards, cds, etc; some legal texts use the expression "computerized information" avoiding to specify each device or storage medium. So, instead of using the word computer, mobile phones, cd, dvd etc, it prefers to jump into the information rather where actually the information is located. So I find it quite good.

However then there comes the term "digitized" into my mind. "digitized" and "computerized"… they both sound similar or probably same to some extent. However I am not sure which one would suit in legal text.

So, do you think is there any difference between "computerized information" vs "digitized information"?

Can we use "digitized information" and "computerized information" interchangeably?

Which one would you prefer if you were to place one of them in a legal text?

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Posted : 26/06/2016 9:47 pm
athulin
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In legal domain, on the issue of seizure of computers, mobile phones, sd cards, cds, etc; some legal texts use the expression "computerized information" avoiding to specify each device or storage medium. So, instead of using the word computer, mobile phones, cd, dvd etc, it prefers to jump into the information rather where actually the information is located. So I find it quite good.

It's a term that suggest that information have been moved, transferred, whatever from one domain (books, film, audio, …) into a digital domain. Something has been done to it, so that it can be handled by computers, and that very often means something that lead to loss of information.

The term may exclude information that was originally created on a computer and then moved elsewhere.

It's a term that needs interpretation to be understood. That means that everyone will try to interpret it, and that may a source of problems. If you have a way to counteract that, fine.

So, do you think is there any difference between "computerized information" vs "digitized information"?

Computerized information is (likely to be) digitized, and vice versa, but the first term focusses on computers as the units handling of the information, and the second focuses on the form that information is stored in. As most computers deal with digital (or digitized) information, there is a considerable overlap.

Digitized information need not necessarily be computerized, though. And there is such a thing as analog information.

Can we use "digitized information" and "computerized information" interchangeably?

Who are 'we'? If your goal is to make everyone understand what you mean, unambiguously, by either of those terms, you are better off spelling it out in at least one place, and not leave room for individual interpretation. Unless you want to, and then you better spell that out as well, or someone will think you didn't intend it.

Murphy rules Anything that can be misunderstood will be. Usually in a way that causes the largest damage.

Added if you are talking about law text, I would prefer that no qualification of the term 'information' was used at all, unless some restriction was inherent in the text that made it necessary.

 
Posted : 26/06/2016 10:45 pm
jaclaz
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digital vs. digitized?
http//wikidiff.com/digitized/digital
vs. digitalization?
http//culturedigitally.org/2014/09/digitalization-and-digitization/

To me digitized means something that was not "born" digital and was *somehow* made digital, implying - usually - a loss of data/resolution, not unlike a scanned photo or an OCR recognized text from a real printed paper, or a digital recording (from an analog source).

Computerized (still to me) is mainly a synonym of "automated", and antonym of "manual", it is an attribute more suitable for a process/method rather than for data
http//www.dictionary.com/browse/computerized

jaclaz

 
Posted : 27/06/2016 12:54 am
sgreene2991
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To me digitized means something that was not "born" digital and was *somehow* made digital, implying - usually - a loss of data/resolution, not unlike a scanned photo or an OCR recognized text from a real printed paper, or a digital recording (from an analog source).

Computerized (still to me) is mainly a synonym of "automated", and antonym of "manual", it is an attribute more suitable for a process/method rather than for data
http//www.dictionary.com/browse/computerized

jaclaz

I would agree and use these terms like this.

 
Posted : 28/06/2016 6:15 am
bntrotter
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Some references to digitized can mean that the original format or information was analog and then put into 'digitized' format.

 
Posted : 30/06/2016 9:38 pm
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