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  A process by which information is converted from analogue to digital form. The term is frequently applied to the information shown on paper maps. In this process, the map is fixed to a special table, and an operator positions a pointing device or \'puck\' over selected locations on the map; the coordinates of each selected location are then stored automatically in digital form. \'Scanning\' is another form of digitizing of importance in geography; here, the capture of information from a document is automatic. (MG)  



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