• The process of scanning pictures or documents into a computer in order to better manage documents.  1
  • The process of taking an electronic “picture” of a document and storing it on a disk for later retrieval. The stored images cannot be searched, so they are typically linked to records in a database and retrieved when the associated record is located through a database search.  2
  • The process of creating a TIFF or PDF image of documents. An image is created that represents how the page would look if the document were printed to paper.


  1. RSI, Glossary.
  2. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).