DigElearn Digital Glossary

We have compiled terms and their definitions from different digital technologies. You will find that some terms are linked with others which will be highlighted in the text or end with a “See” link. If you see a terminology that we have not covered please let us know — contact us. We also review, update and add new terms on a quarterly basis. We hope this helps you in getting more digital savvy.

S3 — Simple Storage Services in AWS

Scalable, high-speed, low-cost, web-based cloud storage service designed for online backup and archiving of data and application programs. S3 was designed with a minimal feature set and created to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
See EC2 >

SAAS — Software As A Service

A cloud computing platform that allows users to connect to and use cloud-based apps over the Internet. Common examples are email, calendaring, and office tools (such as Microsoft Office 365) or Salesforce.com SaaS provides a complete software solution that you purchase on a pay-as-you-go basis from a cloud service provider. You rent the use of an app for your organization, and your users connect to it over the Internet, usually with a web browser. All of the underlying infrastructure, middleware, app software, and app data are located in the service provider’s data center. The service provider manages the hardware and software, and with the appropriate service agreement, will ensure the availability and the security of the app and your data as well. SaaS allows your organization to get quickly up and running with an app at minimal upfront cost.
See Iaas >
See PaaS >


The satoshi is currently the smallest unit of the bitcoin currency recorded on the block chain. It is a one hundred millionth of a single bitcoin (0.00000001 BTC). The unit has been named in collective homage to the original creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto.
See Satoshi Nakamoto >

Satoshi Nakamoto

Creator of Bitcoin and Blockchain. In October 2008, Nakamoto published a paper describing the bitcoin digital currency titled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. In January 2009, Nakamoto released the first bitcoin software that launched the network and the first units of the bitcoin cryptocurrency, called bitcoins No one know if Satoshi s a real person, a figurehead for a group or a fictional character!
See Blockchain >
See Bitcoin >

SDK (Software Development Kit or Devkit)

A set of software development tools that allows the creation of applications for a certain software package such as a video game or operating system.


A form of QR code created within your Snapchat profile to help people follow you.This resurrection of the long dead barcodes signals a new era of interconnected users for Snapchat. You can now create a Snapcode within your profile, put it pretty much anywhere and anyone who scans it with their Snapchat app automatically becomes a new follower.

SEO — Search Engine Optimization

The process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural” search results on search engines. All major search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo have primary search results, where web pages and other content such as videos or local listings are shown and ranked based on what the search engine considers most relevant to users. Payment isn’t involved, as it is with paid search ads.


Period of time users is active on a web site


Stereolithography: 3D printing using a layer by layer additive manufacturing process using photopolymerization (light causing chains of molecules to link together) to form polymers that create a 3D solid. Usually built from the bottom up.
See CLIP >


A cloud-based collaboration software suite. Originally founded in 2009 as a chat tool for a now-defunct gaming technology, Slack has gained currency among enterprises and is broadening into a collaboration platform with capabilities beyond just messaging. Slack is designed to enable users to communicate easily and eliminate the "app fatigue" associated with using multiple communication applications.

Social Bookmarks

A method for Internet users to store, search, organize, and most importantly, share, web pages. Example: Pinterest, Delicious, and StumbleUpon

Social Media

Forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos).

Smart Contract

Self-executing contractual states, stored on the blockchain, which nobody controls and therefore everyone can trust. More so, smart contracts not only define the rules and penalties around an agreement in the same way that a traditional contract does, but also automatically enforce those obligations.

SMM — Social Media Marketing

A form of Internet marketing that utilizes social networking websites as a marketing tool. The goal of SMM is to produce content that users will share with their social network to help a company increase brand exposure and broaden customer reach.

SOA — Service Oriented Architecture

A product developed with SOA architecture deployed on the cloud or a PAAS, will inherit cloud behavior and capabilities, thereby developed much more rapidly and deployed in a more user friendly way.

Social Networking

A term for the tools and platforms people use to publish, converse, and share content online. The tools include blogs, wikis, podcasts, and sites to share photos and bookmarks.


A time-boxed iteration cycle for sourcing, ranking, and testing new ideas for moving your business model forward. Sprints are heavily influenced by agile and scrum practices and also employ stand-ups, sprint planning, and sprint review meetings

Stereolithography (SLA)

A technology that converts liquid materials into solid parts, layer by layer, by selectively curing them using a light source in a process called photopolymerization. SLA is widely used to create models, prototypes, patterns, and production parts for a range of industries from engineering and product design to manufacturing, dentistry, jewelry, model making, and education.
See 3D Printing >
See Additive Manufacturing >


The social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics, or embellishment. Storytelling is an important part of digital marketing.

Structured Data

Any data that resides in a fixed field within a record or file. This includes data contained in relational databases and spreadsheets.
See Unstructured Data >

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