AIMS Glossary lists selected technical terms used in this website and also within the information management field. The purpose of the AIMS Glossary is to collect "technical" concepts used in the agricultural information management context and to provide definitions and to link them to a set of resources free accessible on the Web for more information.

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    Taxonomy

    A collection of controlled vocabulary terms organized into a hierarchical structure. Each term in a taxonomy is in one or more parent/child (broader/narrower) relationships to other terms in the...

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    Ontology

    a controlled vocabulary with a greater number and more specific types of relationships between terms than is the case with thesauri or taxonomies. (Based on: About taxonomies and controlled...

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    Thesaurus

    a structured and controlled vocabulary in which concepts are represented by terms, organized so that relationships between concepts are made explicit, and preferred terms are accompanied by lead-in...

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    Controlled Vocabulary

    A list of predefined, authorised terms to be used in indexing (human or automated); a way to organize knowledge for subsequent retrieval. Synonyms or See references to point from an incorrect ...

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    Interoperability

    Capability to communicate, execute programs, or transfer data among various functional units in a manner that requires the user to have little or no knowledge of the unique characteristics of those...

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    Virtualization

    refers to running multiple operating systems on a single machine. While most computers only have one operating system installed, virtualization software allows a computer to run several operating...

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