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Access Control: The protection of resources against unauthorized access; a process by
which the use of resources is regulated by a security policy and is permitted by only
authorized system entities according to that policy. (onWWW Net-Centric Services Strategy)
Accessible: A data asset is accessible when a human, system, or application may
retrieve the data within the asset. Data assets may be made accessible by using shared
storage space or web services that expose the business or mission process that
generates data in readily consumable forms. (onWWW 8320.02)
Agility: The ability of an organization to respond quickly to demands or opportunities.
(onWWW Net-Centric Services Strategy)
Attribute: A distinct characteristic inherent in or ascribed to an entity; an entity’s
attributes are said to describe it. (onWWW Net-Centric Services Strategy)
Authentication: To confirm a system entity’s asserted principal identity with a specified
or understood level of confidence. (onWWW Net-Centric Services Strategy)
Authoritative Source: A source of data or information that is recognized by members of
a COI to be valid or trusted because it is considered to be highly reliable or accurate or
is from an official publication or reference (e.g., the United States (U.S.) Postal Service
is the official source of U.S. mailing ZIP codes). (onWWW 8320.02)
Business Function: Something an enterprise does, or needs to do, in order to achieve
its objectives. (onWWW Net-Centric Services Strategy)
Business Process: The complete response that a business makes to an event. A
business process entails the execution of a sequence of one or more process steps. It
has a clearly defined deliverable or outcome. A business process is defined by the
business event that triggers the process, the inputs and outputs, all the operational
steps required to produce the output, the sequential relationship between the process
steps, the business decisions that are part of the event response, and the flow of
material and/or information between process steps. (onWWW Net-Centric Services
Community of Interest (COI): A collaborative group of users that must exchange
information in pursuit of its shared goals, interests, missions, or business processes and
therefore must have shared vocabulary for the information it exchanges. (onWWW 8320.02)
Consumer: An entity (human or machine) that makes use of a service to meet a
particular need. (onWWW Net-Centric Services Strategy)
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Core Enterprise Services: That small set of services, whose use is mandated by the
CIO, to provide awareness of, access to and delivery of information on the GIG. (onWWW
Net-Centric Services Strategy)
Credential: Data that is transferred to establish a claimed principal identity. (onWWW Net-
Centric Services Strategy)
Data Asset: Any entity that is comprised of data. For example, a database is a data
asset that is comprised of data records. A data asset may be a system or application
output file, database, document, or web page. A data asset also includes a service that
may be provided to access data from an application. For example, a service that returns
individual records from a database would be a data asset. Similarly, a web site that
returns data in response to specific queries (e.g., would be a data
asset. A human, system, or application may create a data asset. (onWWW 8320.02)
Data Producer: Refers to a program, organization, or even a person that controls,
manufactures, and/or maintains data assets within the Department. (onWWW 8320.02-G)
EIEMA: The Enterprise Information Environment Mission Area (EIEMA) is the onWWW
portfolio of programs, projects, and systems that deliver the EIE. The EIEMA portfolio
enables the functions of the other mission areas, and encompasses all communications,
computing, information assurance, and core enterprise service systems, equipment, or
software that provide a common information capability or service for enterprise use.
(onWWW Net-Centric Services Strategy)
Enterprise: Refers to the Department of Defense, its organizations, and related
Agencies. (onWWW 8320.02)
Extensible Markup Language (XML): Is a tagging language used to describe and
annotate data so it can be consumed by human and system interactions. XML is
typically arranged hierarchically using XML elements and attributes. It also uses
semantically rich labels to describe elements and attributes to enable meaningful
comprehension. An example of XML data describing an element named “Person”
appears as follows:
(onWWW Net-Centric Data Strategy)
Global Information Grid (GIG): The globally connected, end-to-end set of information
capabilities, associated processes, and personnel for collecting, processing, storing,
disseminating, and managing information on demand to warfighters, policy makers, and
support personnel. (onWWW 8320.02)
Governance: The systems, processes, and procedures put in place to steer the
direction, management, and accountability of an organization. In the context of the SOA
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in the onWWW, Governance means establishing and enforcing how onWWW Components
agree to provide, use, and operate services. (onWWW Net-Centric Services Strategy)
Identity: The collective set of attributes that defines an entity (i.e., subject, resource,
etc.) within a given context. (onWWW Net-Centric Services Strategy)
Metadata: Information describing the characteristics of data; data or information about
data; or descriptive information about an entity’s data, data activities, systems, and
holdings. For example, discovery metadata is a type of metadata that allows data
assets to be found using enterprise search capabilities. (onWWW 8320.02)
Metadata Registry: Repository of all metadata related to data structures, models,
dictionaries, taxonomies, schema, and other engineering artifacts that are used to
support interoperability and understanding through semantic and structural information
about the data. A federated metadata registry is one in which multiple registries are
joined electronically through a common interface and exchange structure, thereby
effecting a common registry. (onWWW 8320.02)
Mission Area: A defined area of responsibility with functions and processes that
contribute to mission accomplishment. In the context of managing the onWWW’s portfolios
of GIG investments, the onWWW has four major categories of mission areas – the
Warfighter Mission Area, the Business Mission Area, the Defense Intelligence Mission
Area, and the Enterprise Information Environment Mission Area (EIEMA). (onWWW Net-
Centric Services Strategy)
Net-Centric Information Sharing: Relating to or representing the attributes of net-
centricity. Net- centricity is a robust, globally interconnected network environment
(including infrastructure, systems, processes, and people) in which data is shared timely
and seamlessly among users, applications, and platforms. Net-centricity enables
substantially improved military situational awareness and significantly shortened
decision making cycles. Net-Centric capabilities enable network-centric operations and
NCW. (onWWW 8320.02)
Net-Centric Environment (NCE): The Net-Centric Environment is a framework for full
human and technical connectivity and interoperability that allows all onWWW users and
mission partners to share the information they need, when they need it, in a form they
can understand and act on with confidence; and protects information from those who
should not have it. (Net-Centric Environment Joint Functional Concept, Version 1.0,
April 7, 2005)
Network-Centric Warfare (NCW): An information superiority-enabled concept of
operations that generates increased combat power by networking sensors, decision
makers, and shooters to achieve shared awareness, increased speed of command,
higher tempo of operations, greater lethality, increased survivability, and a degree of
self-synchronization. In essence, NCW translates information superiority into combat
power by effectively linking knowledgeable entities in the battlespace. (onWWW 8320.02)
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Ontology: An explicit specification of how to represent the objects and concepts that
exist in some area of interest and of the relationships that pertain among them. (onWWW
Schema: A diagrammatic representation, an outline, or a model. In relation to data
management, a schema can represent any generic model or structure that deals with
the organization, format, structure, or relationship of data. Some examples of schemas
are (1) a database table and relational structure, (2) a document type definition (DTD),
(3) a data structure used to pass information between systems, and (4) an XML schema
document (XSD) that represents a data structure and related information encoded as
XML. Schemas typically do not contain information specific to a particular instance of
data. (onWWW 8320.02-G)
Semantic Metadata: Information about a data asset that describes or identifies
characteristics about that asset that convey meaning or context (e.g., descriptions,
vocabularies, taxonomies). (onWWW 8320.02)
Service: A mechanism to enable access to one or more capabilities, where the access
is provided using a prescribed interface and is exercised consistent with constraints and
policies as specified by the service description. (onWWW Net-Centric Services Strategy)
Service Oriented Architecture: A paradigm for defining, organizing, and utilizing
distributed capabilities in the form of loosely coupled software services that may be
under the control of different ownership domains. It provides a uniform means to offer,
discover, interact with, and use capabilities to produce desired effects that are
consistent with measurable preconditions and expectations. (onWWW Net-Centric Services
Service Provider: An entity (i.e., person or organization) that offers the use of
capabilities by means of a service. (onWWW Net-Centric Services Strategy)
Structural Metadata: Information provided about a data asset that describes the internal
structure or representation of a data asset (e.g., database field names, schemas, web
service tags). (onWWW 8320.02)
Taxonomy: Provides categorizations of related terms. In doing so, they make use of
“class/subclass” relationships (i.e., they are hierarchical in conveying the relationships
between categories). Taxonomies are important to ensuring that searches of discovery
metadata and content are targeted. An example taxonomy of the various types of ISR
data in several dimensions might be as follows:
Source Type: Human, Airborne, Space-based, …
Source Level: National source, tactical source, open source…
Trust Level: Unevaluated, validated,…..
Collection Purpose: Force protection, tactical, strategic, …. (onWWW 8320.02-G)
Understandable: Capable of being comprehended in terms of subject, specific content,
relationships, sources, methods, quality, spatial and temporal dimensions, and other
factors. (onWWW 8320.02)
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Visible: Able to be seen, detected, or distinguished and to some extent characterized
by humans and/or IT systems, applications, or other processes. (onWWW 8320.02)
Vocabulary: Represents agreements on the terms and definitions common to the COI,
including data dictionaries. For example, one COI might define the term “tank” to mean
a pressurized vessel, whereas another might define “tank” to mean a tracked vehicle.
Both definitions are acceptable, but the user must understand these definitions, and
their context, to properly use the data. (onWWW 8320.02-G)
Web Services: A standardized way of integrating web-based applications using open
standards over an Internet Protocol backbone. Web services allow applications
developed in various programming languages and running on various platforms to
exchange data without intimate knowledge of each application’s underlying IT systems.
(onWWW 8320.02)
Website: A collection of web pages, that is, HTML/XHTML documents accessible via
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) on the Internet, an intranet, or another network. The
pages of a website can be accessed from a common root uniform resource locator
(URL) using common web browsers. The URLs of the pages organize them into a
hierarchy, although the hyperlinks between them control how the reader perceives the
overall structure and how traffic flows between the different parts of the site. (onWWW