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Aggregation: Gathering information from multiple web sites, typically via RSS. Aggregation lets web sites remix the information from multiple web sites, for example by republishing all the news related to a particular keyword.

Aggregator: A web site or computer software that runs together a specific type of information from multiple online sources.  There are many types of aggregators, such as news, poll, review, search and video.

Archive: (or archived topics) Topics from an online interaction that have been closed for participation, but kept as a record of the interaction. Chat archives are often called transcripts.

Avatar: A graphical image or likeness that replaces a photo of the author of the content in a social media community such as a blog or forum.

Back Channel: communication (email, instant message) sent personally to one or more individuals as opposed to a public conferencing forum. Backchannel is rarely documented, but has a big impact in online interactions.

Bleg:  To write a blog entry or comment for the sole purpose of asking for something.

Blog:  A Web site or section of a Web site where users can post a chronological, up-to-date e-journal entry of their thoughts and collaborate with each other.  Basically, an open forum communication tool used for collecting opinions and commentary.

Bloggies: Started in 2001, this term refers to awards given out each year in the Annual Weblog Awards.  They feature awards for best blog, best tech blog, best gossip blog, even a lifetime achievement award, and others.

Blogmaster:  One who owns, writes, or manages a blog.

Blog Roll:  A list of recommended sites that appears in the sidebar of a blog. These sites are typically sites that are either on similar topics, sites that the blogger reads regularly, or sites that belong to the blogger's friends or colleagues.

Chats:  Real time, online discussions occurring independent of location, but at the same time. Participants agree on a time to log into a discussion and messages are received at the moment they are sent. This form of electronic communication can include audio and/or video.

Comment Spam:  A comment left on a blog entry for the sole purpose of promoting a product (i.e. pharmaceuticals, gambling, porn, etc) and gaining links. Comment spam usually has nothing to do with the content of the blog on which it appears.

Community:  A user interface that organizes and presents information in a way that is easy to read.  Characteristics include interactive capability, and integrated information from multiple components.

Dashboard: The administration area on a blog that allows you to post, check traffic, upload files, manage comments, etc. You can customize the dashboard to suit your informational needs.

Discussion:  Collaboration between two or more parties concerning the same topic.

Discussion Group:  a.k.a. discussion forum.  Two or more people who exchange information and opinions about topics of common interest. Often associated with newsgroups, discussion groups can take the form of discussion boards, online forums and email lists.  Dubbed as "online encounters with your own kind," discussion groups vary widely in topic and format.

Document :  On the Internet, recorded information, usually saved as a file (e.g. a letter or white paper saved as a WORD document).  Any file that contains text, media or hyperlinks and can be transferred from an HTTP server to a client program.

Expression Engine:  A robust content management system (CMS) with many features. Not a free tool.

Entry:  An individual published post.

Feeds:  Also known as web feeds or blog feeds.  A feed is a document (often XML-based) that contains content items, often summaries of stories or blog posts with web links to longer versions.  Feeds are most often subscribed to directly by users with aggregators or feed readers.

File Sharing: The sharing of computer data or space on a network. File sharing allows multiple users to use the same file by being able to read, modify, copy and/or print it. File sharing users may have the same or different levels of access privileges. Folksonomy:  Collective indexing by use of tags, labels or keywords by the consumers of the content  (i.e.The tagging systems of Flickr or Delicious) .

Forum:  Also known as a conference, bulletin board or discussion board, is an online discussion group where participants exchange text messages electronically, usually over the Internet.

Group: Two or more persons coming together to discuss a common interest.

Hat Tip:  A public acknowledgment to a person or a website for bringing something to a blogger’s attention. Abbreviated as h/t or HT.

Mashup: Website or Web 2.0 application that uses content from more than one source to create a completely new service.

Member:  In the Interact environment, a member is a user who has completed the registration process and been given rights to move around and perform functions within the site.

Metadata: Data providing information about one or more aspects of other data, such as:

  • Means of creation
  • Purpose
  • Time and date
  • Creator or author
  • Placement on a computer network where the data was created
  • Standards used

Moblog:  A blog published directly to the web from a phone or other mobile device.

Navigation (Nav):  A menu of links or buttons allowing users to move from one web page to another within a site.

Open Forum:  A community of users in which there are no membership restrictions, ideas and information on topics of common interest are exchanged, and members encourage and assist one another.

Open Source Software:  Generically refers to a program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design, free of charge.  It is typically created as a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share any changes within the community.

Podcast:  An audio file, usually in MP3 format, that can be download and listen to on any compatible audio device, such as an ipod, MP3 player, iTunes, or Windows Media Player.

To produce a podcast is to create and publish an audio file to the Internet for users to download and listen to.

Podcatcher:  Software designed to download and aggregate podcasts for use in an audio player.  Available podcatchers include “Juice” and “DopplerRadio”.

Polling:  Website voting capability allowing inquiry into user opinions by presenting specific topics with specific allowable responses, and tallying them together to determine which responses have the most votes.

Post:  Text added by a user to an online discussion space. It is also called a message.

A message added to an online discussion.

Registration:  A process by which members of an online interaction space provide identifying information such as a name and password to enable them to log into that space.

RSS Feed: RSS, the acronym for “Really Simple Syndication,” is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works in a standardized format.  Such works may include blog entries, news headlines, audio, video and more.

An RSS document, called a "feed", "web feed" or "channel" includes full text or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship.

Seeding: Posting an initial message or series of messages in a discussion space to get the discussion started.

Shoutbox: A social media tool designed for leaving messages directly on a site. Similar to a chat, the messages are stored.

Splog: Contraction for “spam blog”, is a blog set up for the sole purpose of gaining links, search engine ranking, or promoting a product or website, that adds no value to web content as a whole.

Syndication: The process that allows content to be distributed online.

Tag: A non-hierarchical keyword or term assigned to a piece of information (such as an Internet bookmark, digital image, or computer file). This kind of metadata helps describe an item and allows it to be found again by browsing or searching.

ThreadA series of posts on a single topic.

Threaded Conferencing: Web based text interaction where posts follow a branching "tree" structure. Replies can be appended to particular posts. This format is good for technical Q&A and for organizing large amounts of information.

Widgets: Supposedly short for `window gadget', this term refers to components in a graphical user interface.

Wiki: A collaborative authoring type of Website or Web tool used for creating jointly authored writing that anyone can edit, and allowing easy interaction between users and/or groups.

The term wiki originates from the Hawaiian word for "fast" or "quick" and was first coined in 1995 by Ward Cunningham.  In March 2007 the word wiki became a newly recognized English word.



8(a) STARS:  8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services Contract

8(a) STARS II:  8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services II Contract

BPA:  Blanket Purchase Agreement

CBCA:  Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

CCR:  Central Contractor Registration

CO:  Contracting Officer

COTR:  Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative

FAR:  Federal Acquisition Regulation

GSAM:  GSA’s Acquisition Manual (Supplement to the FAR)

GWAC:  Government-wide Acquisition Contract

HUBZone:  Historically Underutilized Business Zone

IDIQ:  Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity

ITOP II:  Information Technology Omnibus Procurement II Contract

IT Schedule 70:  Information Technology Schedule 70

MA:  Multiple Award

MAS:  Multiple Award Schedules

SDB:  Small Disadvantaged Business

SIN:  Special Item Number

SOW:  Statement of Work

VETS:  Veterans Technology Services Contract

VSC:  Vendor Support Center, (877) 495-4849, vendor.support@gsa.gov



eBuy: Part of GSA Advantage!, allowing contractors to submit responses to Request for Quotations (RFQs)

eLibrary: Online source for the latest contract award information and a listing of available GSA Contractors.

eOffer /eMod: Enables online modification requests for changes to a Schedules contract

FedBizOpps: Federal Business Opportunities.  Lists all available government procurement opportunities valued over $25,000.

FPDS-NG: Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation.  Allows contractors to assess the federal market through valuable reporting tools and graphical features.  Every federal contract valued over $3000 is reported here.

GSA Advantage!®: Online shopping and ordering system for the federal government.

GSA Schedules Program: Under this program GSA establishes long-term governmentwide contracts with commercial firms to provide access to millions of commercial supplies (products) and services at volume discount pricing



Acquisition Central: Provides procurement forecasts by federal agency and links to more information.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (Dept. of Commerce): Economic account statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to better understand the performance of the nations's economy.

 Federal Acquisition Jumpstation: Comprehensive list compiled by NASA that provides links to each federal agency.

FedStats: Access to a wide range of statistics produced by more than 70 federal government agencies. Coverage is broad and may be valuable for many research topics.

Playground SafetyA gateway to many types of government information. This site is managed by the Department of Commerce's National Technical Information Service (NTIS).

The Government Information Locator Service (GILS): The U.S. Government Printing Office's decentralized collection of agency-based information locators that identify, locate, and describe federal information resources.

US Census Bureau: Preeminent source of U.S. demographic and economic statistics



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Carroll Publishing: Contact information for 120,000 federal civilian agencies, DoD, and federal, state, municipal and county government decision makers.

Federal Acquisition Jumpstation: Comprehensive list compiled by NASA that provides links to each federal agency’s procurement needs.

FedStats: Access to a wide range of statistics produced by more than 70 federal government agencies. Coverage is broad and may be valuable for many research topics.

Federal Sources, Inc (FSI): Supplier of government IT market intelligence.

Federal Yellow Books/Leadership Library: The nation's leading directories of individuals within the executive branch of the Federal Government.

FedWorld A gateway to many types of government information. This site is managed by the Department of Commerce's National Technical Information Service (NTIS).

Government Information Locator Service (GILS) The U.S. Government Printing Office's decentralized collection of agency-based information locators that identify, locate, and describe federal information resources.

INPUT:  Global database and analytical research provider of government market intelligence.

usa.gov:  A comprehensive web portal providing direct links to government agencies.

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