(see also Acronyms)





The freedom from mistake or error: correctness. The degree of conformity to some recognized standard value. For purposes of the ZIMS Project, accurate data captured from user input, system interfaces or external data feeds is properly validated.

Business Rule

A directive, policy or procedure within an organization.

Data Standard

Data standards define the structure, content, and values that collection information comprises. Data structure concerns what constitutes a record, such as the different fields used to record information and their relationships. Data content relates tot the rules and conventions governing how data are entered into fields. Data value has to do with the vocabulary used in the various fields and the specifications for individual character sets.

Data Warehouse

A database that uses large stores of transactional data to analyze the business and support decisions and is structure to enable fast processing of queries, projections, and data summaries.


The ability to easily add more functionality or incorporate new technologies. Able to be extended or expanded. Extensible programming languages allow the programmer to customize: to add new functions and modify the behavior of existing functions


The result or achievement toward which effort is directed. For purposes of the ZIMS Project, a qualitative statement of direction regarding a benefit to a stakeholder as a result of developing the system.


For purposes of the ZIMS Project, calculations and data manipulation are performed correctly and consistently.


A body of methods , rules, and postulates employed by a discipline : a particular procedure or set of procedures. The basic approach providing the basis for a strong logical and a consistent work structure for any assignment


A standard of measurement


For purposes of the ZIMS Project, a quantitatively measurable indicator of progress related to a goal.


Able to be changed in size or configuration to suit changing conditions. For example, a scalable database can grow in the number of users it supports, in the number of records it stores, or in complexity.


For purposes of the ZIMS Project, any person or constituency that is affected by the project and/or the outcome of the project.


Something set up and established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality

Work Process

A series of tasks, activities, or events that lead to a particular result or outcome.

Other sources for definitions of technical terms:

http://www.techweb.com/encyclopedia/   -  searchable list of computer and technology terms

http://domino.metagroup.com/Glossary.nsf/SearcherForm?CreateDocument - Glossary of IT terms

http://www.abbre.com/  - explanations of Information Technology abbreviations, acronyms, file extensions

http://www.eiu.edu/~infotech/gloss.htm - Glossary of Information Technology terms.