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Actions palette
Tools available for users depending on their user rights, enabling to execute actions on records and baskets documents.
Application Programming Interface. It is an interface provided by a software to allow third party programs to interact with.
A basket is a set including records. A basket belongs to the user who created it. A basket can be transferred by a Push or through a Phraseanet Feedback.
Phraseanet feature to link third-party applications (YouTube, Flickr, Dailymotion) for media socialization. Available from the action menu.
Business field
A Phraseanet field attribute. Business fields are intended to receive business information. These internal information are shared by the users having editing rights on records. A business field is searchable only by a user that has editing rights.
A collection is a subset of a Phraseanet base. It allows to implement a data segmentation, based on workflow needs or data separation in accordance with subjective criteria (type of document, year of the shooting...*etc*.).
Document’s fact sheet, is made of different fields.
A document is the original file added to a Phraseanet Base/Collection.
Dublin Core

Standardised schema ISO 15836 for describing documentary resources.


EXchangeable Image File. Technical metadata included in pictures files.


In Information Sciences, category of classification and indexation based on a single characteristic, a single property or attribute.

FTP is a standard network protocol used for massive documents sending over network.
HTML5 is the fifth major release of the HTML language. Executed in a browser using its advanced features, HTML5 allows to build feature-rich web interfaces.
Process that allows to link a description to a document through a metadata extraction, or a description entry.

The IPTC (International Press and Telecommunications Council) is a consortium regrouping press agencies, press and software editors that develops and maintain standards for information exchange fairly used in the media industry. More than twenty years ago, in order to facilitate information exchange related to media, the main idea of the IPTC was to implement metadata in the documents itself, in file headers. One advantage is that the description of the document is integrated in the document itself. Since then, the metadatas IPTC never stopped evolving, adapting to the needs of the Information Society.

IPTC (IPTC Metadatas)
The IPTC metadata are a set of metadata attributes that allows to describe media data.
Literally a data on a data. More precisely, it’s a package of structured information describing a random resource. Metadatas are located inside the file. The IPTC, the XMP and the EXIF are standards metadata used in a JPEG file for example. Metadata can be used, depending on their type, in read-only mode or read-write mode.

Open authentication protocol allowing a secured authentication on web, mobiles or desktop applications. OAuth2 allows to authenticate using information from a remote account base from supplied by OAuth2 providers.

Overprinted window, Internet viewing technology that opens windows overprinted on an existing window.
Phraseanet Base
A Phraseanet base is a MySQL container (database instance). It has among others, a documentary structure « indexation fields » and generally some other settings. A Phraseanet base can contain one, or several Phraseanet Collections that will use the original Phraseanet base settings. The Phraseanet base fundamentals are highlighted in Phraseanet Administration and Thesaurus.
Phraseanet action allowing to send documents to users.
A record is a document or a story in Phraseanet. As a single entity, this digital Asset has a unique descriptive sheet (in XML), of one or more documents and given sub resolutions (thumbnails, preview images, key images for stories...*etc*.).
In Phraseanet, calculated key for a document entering a base using a hash algorithm. This key attributed to added document makes an easy way to discriminate it from other similar media in appearance. This function is implemented as a Border Manager checker for Quarantine to determine the presence of duplicate files.
Customizable variable of boolean type (Yes/No) allowing to characterise some records. It is possible to define and allocate up to 28 more status on a document, 4 status are dedicated (for a total of 32 status).
Stemm is a neologism defining a configuration allowing to optimise and maximise search results. Stemming, lemmatisation, inflection ... These processes implement algorithms for Natural language processing.
A story is composed by a set of documents, that must come from a single Phraseanet base composed by one or more collections. A story has its own documentary sheet, it is thus a record. A document can belong to several stories.
These files are generated when a document is added. They are classified in three groups (Everybody/Preview/Documents) and are linked to the user rights.
Universally Unique Identifier (UUID)

Unique numerical identifier coded on 128 bytes conceived to be unique worldwide. Some graphic softwares (camera firmware, image processing software) introduce these identifiers in the digital image files to distinguish one from an other.

On the go branding of the picture depending on the user’s profile either by default with the collection name in three places on the picture, or with a logo that can be uploaded in the collection preferences.
Web development technique implementing events targeting third party applications in order to interact with them.

Extensible Metadata Platform. XMP is a metadata format allowing to describe PDF documents, images or graphics.