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digital document

Broader Term: 

n. ~ 1. Information created on nonelectronic media, typically text or images on paper or film, and converted to an electronic format that can be stored and manipulated by a computer. - 2. Digital information that has been compiled and formatted for a specific purpose, that includes content and structure, and that may include context.


Digital documents that were created by converting documents originally in analog media are often described as born analog or reborn original. Digital documents originally created in electronic form are described as born digital.

(RFC 2828, 2000) An electronic data object that represents information originally written in a non-electronic, non-magnetic medium (usually ink on paper) or is an analogue of a document of that type.