Definition: Data conversion
UN - Geographic Information Systems
The transfer of data from one format into another. Usually data conversion refers to the translation of paper map information into digital form. In a wider sense, geographic data conversion also includes the transfer of digital information from one GIS file format into another.
United Nations, "Handbook on Geospatial Infrastructure in Support of Census Activities", Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division, Studies in Methods, Series F No. 103, New York, 2009