- Cellular Repository
- An information repository with a layered architecture. Each
layer may be implemented by a multitude of modules (cells), which
are designed to work together.
- Common Object Request Broker Architecture. CORBA is defined
and managed by the OMG (Object Management Group).
- Common Object Services (a CORBA term)
- Federated Information Sources
- Information sources which are used together, but which are not
under a single authority. Federated information sources are therefore
not necessarily willing or equipped to participate in common
communication protocols, such as transaction support.
- GlOSS is a system developed at Stanford University that
helps you find data sources that are relevant to your queries.
- Human Computer Interaction. Also known as CHI, as in 'the CHI
- Hypertext Markup Language. An SGML-based text markup
language used on the WWW (World Wide Web).
- Internet Engineering Task Force - an all volunteer organization
for publishing RFCs and Internet Standards.
- International Intellectual Property Alliance.
- Information Infrastructure Technology and Applications
- Information Infrastructure Task Force
- Inter language Unification - a mechanism for implementing
objects across heterogeneous languages. An almost CORBA
ORB. Freely available from
- 1. Information Retrieval; 2. Infrared
- Java is a simple, object-oriented, distributed, interpreted,
robust, secure, architecture-neutral, portable,
high-performance, multithreaded, dynamic, buzzword-
general-purpose programming language. See
- Learning Information Retrieval Agent
- National Information Infrastructue. This may or may not be the
Internet, depending on who you ask. See
- National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Responsible for the Information Superhighway.
- Object Oriented. Objects are opaque datastructures that contain
own state and methods for manipulating that state.
- Object Request Broker (another CORBA word). The ORB
for a remote object and dispatches it across the net, and returns
the eventual result. ORBs hide the network from CORBA objects.
- Object Management Group http://www.omg.org/
- An interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming
language that is simple and powerful. It has modules,
classes, exceptions, very high level dynamic data types, and
- Request for Comment. The Internet's way of declaring a
a history of the RFCs and the Internet. See
for more RFCs. RFCs are published through the IETF by working
- Stanford Copy Analysis Mechanism
- Selective Dissemination of Information
- Standard Generalized Markup Language.
- Stanford Integrated Digital Library. This project.
- Stanford Information Filtering Tool
- Seal of Approval - a quantifier of some sort.
- Tool Command Language and its graphical ToolKit]
Pronounced tickle tee-kay.
- Uniform Resource Characteristic
- Uniform Resource Citation - a collection of attribute/values
about an object. Some of the values may be URIs.
URCs are not formally defined, yet.
- Universal Resource Identifier - an address of some sort.
- Uniform Resource Locator. URLs are a particular kind of URI.
- Uniform Resource Name. URNs are another kind of URI. Names
more persistent than Locations. A location may change, but a
name rarely will.
For more acronyms see
The Acronym Expander.