Application. Program used to perform tasks directed to an application, such as creating or editing texts, drawings, diagrams, etc. Ex.: word processor, database manager, Internet browser, etc.

File. In computing, it is a set of data that can be recorded in some storage device. Data files are created by applications, such as a word processor, for example.

Database. Collection of data structured to be easily accessed and manipulated. It comprises units called records, whose several attributes are represented by fields. For example, in a “quot; customer file” each customer represents a record, which has several fields, such as “NAME”, “CUSTOMER CODE” and “TELEPHONE” etc.

Bibliographic database. Electronic version of a catalog or bibliographic index.

Cochrane Library. Database collection on medicine based on evidence from Cochrane Collaboration.

Browser. Internet navigator, such as Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator.

VHL-Site. Interface manager that enables to create and manage a VHL.

Field. See Database

CDS/ISIS – Micro ISIS. Software developed and maintained by UNESCO to store bibliographic data.

Cooperating Center. Institution that is a participant at a VHL and/or contributes with bibliographic records to Bireme.

National Coordinating Center. Institution that cooperates with the VHL whose core function is to coordinate the cooperating centers of a region.

Specialized Center. Institution specialized in a certain topic in health.

Quotation. Abstract produced by a third party and mentioned between inverted commas, with indication of the author.

Publishing Committee. Group of professionals and specialists in the area of publication of a journal, whose objective is to establish publishing norms and conventions and assess the contributions received by the publication so as to ensure a quality standard.

Technical cooperation. Exchange between developing countries, or between developing and developed countries, for mutual collaboration in certain sectors, such as exchanging experts and teachers, creating or transferring technology, exchanging information and experiences to improve sanitation conditions.

Bibliographic description. Description of a bibliographic item by means of attributes, such as authorship, title, edition, dimension, etc.

Descriptor. Represents a concept accepted in a controlled vocabulary (as thesaurus).

Directories. In the VHL architecture, directories are considered a secondary source of information, because database records refer to primary sources, such as institutions, professionals, events, and courses.

Style sheet. File that brings the definition of styles of a publication. Also see model.

Information Sources. In the VHL architecture, information source is any resource that responds to user demand for information, including information products and services, people, or networks of people, computer programs, etc.

Electronic format. Any form of storage, recovery and presentation of information that can be transmitted online or recorded in magnetic or optical media.

ISO Format (file). Standard established by ISO for data exchange among institutions, networks, and users.

LILACS Format. Bibliographic description format established by BIREME, based on UNISIST Reference Manual for Machine-readable Bibliographic Descriptions.

Glossary. Vocabulary of specific or controlled use, used in publications to clarify the meaning of terms that are seldom used, as well as technical or restricted terms.

Guide. Defines the processes necessary to produce an information source or phases of a methodology.

LILACS. Cooperative database of the BIREME System that comprises Health Sciences related literature, published in the region’s countries as of 1982.

LILDBI-DOS. DOS version of the & quot; LILACS Bibliographic Description and Indexation" system.

LILDBI-Web. Web version of the “LILACS Bibliographic Description and Indexation” system”.

Macro. Sequence of logic commands in human-readable language to perform repetitive processes.

Manual. Set of automatic or manual steps and operations needed to guide users in a determined application, program or methodology process.

Responsibility matrix. Document integrating the VHL development plan that indicates, for each information source of the VHL, which is the coordinating institution and which are the cooperating institutions.

MEDLINE. Database of international literature in medical and biomedical areas produced by the NLM (National Library of Medicine, USA)

Metadata. Information structured on information resources.

Methodology. Set of norms and conventions used to with the purpose to standardize a process or production of an information source.

Model or template. File that has the basic definition of the type of document one intends to use, containing styles, predefined texts, etc.

PAHO. Database that has bibliographic references and summaries of the Library of the Pan American Health Organization headquarters in Washington, D.C., USA.

Scientific Production. Collation (gathering and analysis) of all literature about a specific theme or author, generally for analysis quantitative purposes.

ScienTI Network. Public network of information sources and knowledge, with the objective of contributing to the management of scientific, technological, and innovation.

Record. See Database.

Template. See model.

Thesaurus. Structured vocabulary that shows the hierarchical, associative, or preferential relationships of terms (descriptors). Also see Controlled vocabulary.

Controlled or structured vocabulary. Collection of organized and related terms used to index and recover documents. Used as an interface between documents and users.

Web standards. Set of norms and standards to create and interpret the web content.


VHL. Virtual Health Library

DeCS. Health Sciences Descriptors

IAH. Interface for Access of Health Information

LILACS. Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature

MEDLINE. Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online.

MeSH. Medical Subject Headings

NLM. National Library of Medicine.

WHO. World Health Organization

PAHO. Pan-American Health Organization

SCAD. Cooperative Service for Accessing Original Documents

SciELO Network. Scientific Electronic Library Online

ScienTI. International Network of Information and Knowledge Sources for Science, Technology and Innovation Management