Technology Definitions

The Office of Information Technology provides this definition document as a resource to assist students, faculty, staff, and community in understanding the terms used in policy and procedure documents.

Web Presence - electronic documents including but not limited to html documents, xml documents, images, PDF files, audio media, video media, scripts, and style sheets available to be accessed individually or in combination using a browser.

Content Management Suite (CMS) - A number of software applications used to create and manage Web-based materials, such as HTML pages, images, PDF files, and the like.

Site Studio -A Web-based component of CMS that allows multiple users to create and update content files, route them through various stages of development, and ultimately publish them for others to view.  It is the primary application that most developers/contributors/content managers will use.

Content Contributor - This is a non-technical CMS role that allows users to enter or update content, usually in response to a workflow task. These users are typically content experts who will contribute information to the Web pages created and managed through Site Studio.

Content Manager - This is a non-technical CMS role that allows users to enter or update content, to assign content creation or update tasks, and in some cases to approve content. Users with this role will be responsible primarily for initiating and monitoring workflows and determining the content that can be used by other sites.

Site Manager - This is a non-technical CMS role that is responsible for the general administration of the content, users, and meta-data associated with a given site. Using Site Studio, Site Managers can create additional subsites, import files and templates to be used as shared resources, set up layouts defining how the site uses organizational templates, and manage users.

Template Developer - This is a technical CMS role responsible for creating the content templates that are imported into Site Studio to control the appearance of the site pages and the content that users can add to them. Template Developers do most of their work outside of Site Studio in applications that allow them to create .jsp files that are used to impose structure and content restrictions for Web pages in the site. In Site Studio, Template Developers have all the rights of Content Contributors, Content Managers, and Site Managers, but will use the application primarily to load and test templates and to set up supporting elements like the thumbnails images that users see for each template in various pick lists.

System Administrator - This is a technical CMS role responsible for administration of the entire CMS environment and the ancillary system components upon which it depends. Within Site Studio, System Administrators will typically be responsible for workflow template loading and management, for importing or creating the accounts for the users that Site Managers work with, for monitoring the system, for scheduling publishing and configuration jobs, and for larger issues of consistency and presentation for the entire root site.

Information Provider - CMS Content contributor or manager role

Web Developer - CMS Site Manager role

Internet -The largest network in the world. It is made up of more than 350 million computers in more than 100 countries covering commercial, academic and government endeavors. Originally developed for the U.S. military, the Internet became widely used for academic and commercial research. Users had access to unpublished data and journals on a variety of subjects. Today, the "Net" has become commercialized into a worldwide information highway, providing data and commentary on every subject and product on earth.

intranet - A non-public computer network that can be accessed only by authorized persons, especially members or employees of the organization that owns it.  An in-house Web site that serves the employees of the enterprise. Although intranet pages may link to the Internet, an intranet is not a site accessed by the general public.

 network -A system that transmits any combination of voice, video and/or data between users. The network includes the network operating system in the client and server machines, the cables connecting them and all supporting hardware in between such as bridges, routers and switches. In wireless systems, antennas and towers are also part of the network.

portals - sites on the World Wide Web that typically provide personalized capabilities to their visitors. They are designed to use distributed applications, different numbers and types of middleware and hardware to provide services from a number of different sources. In addition, business portals are designed to share collaboration in workplaces.  UCONNECT is the University portal.