Open Dictionary word of the week: digitalist

Posted by on January 19, 2012

digitalist (noun)

a person who understands digital media and is competent in using it
… we do need to find people who love the art of writing but understand how it becomes meta data, and we need to re-train existing staff to be dedicated digitalists as they have been passionate publishers.

(Submitted from the United Kingdom)

Is this the same as a digital native? Perhaps it’s a new, less ageist expression. Let’s take this opportunity to link to Wikipedia while we can to see what the ‘global community brain’ comes up with: ‘A digital native is a person who was born during or after the general introduction of digital technology, and through interacting with digital technology from an early age, has a greater understanding of its concepts …’ but when I search for digitalist I get  ‘did you mean digitalis?‘. So thank you to whoever added this word to the Open Dictionary – please bring Wikipedia up to date.

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Comments (2)
  • …and ‘born digital’ refers to a document of any kind which was originally digital – as opposed to something which was originally in another format, like a photograph or a letter which was later presented digitally.

    Posted by Susie Teacher on 25th January, 2012
  • Susie, I haven’t heard ‘born digital’ before – good one! Perhaps you could add it to the OD?
    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/open-dictionary/submit.html

    Posted by Laine on 25th January, 2012
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