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Ebooks Glossary of Terms

Description: DictionaryNet is also about shedding light on glossaries that otherwise might not receive the attention they deserve simply by the fact that they have a low rank in search engines. This time I am even faster that Google, and I like that!  Thanks to a tweet by @ebookfriendly I happened to visit  their glossary, that hasn’t been cached by  Google so far.

Even though a small glossary with only 25 terms, for me it just came in on time. And that counts sometimes more than comprehensiveness.  I bought my first ebook via Amazon last week ( Brian Solis: The End of Business as Usual)  and at work I receive some five “e-books” a day from companies trying to get attention for their services trough inbound marketing. So reading through the  EbookFriendly.com glossary gave me a fast overlook of the ” most popular terms used to describe ebooks”.

The ebook glossary was compiled by Piotr Kowalczyk, “self-publisher, author of short stories for geeks and a big enthusiast of electronic books”.  I am positive that the glossaries will grow over time. Keep up the good work, Piotr!

Example Term: enhanced ebook

An electronic book with added audio, video and other elements, which let the user interact with the content. usually enhanced ebooks are sold as standalone book application.

Link:  http://ebookfriendly.com/ebooks-glossary-of-terms/

Language: English

No. of terms:  25

Quote as: Ebooks – Glossary of Terms [plus link]

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About.com Twitter Glossary

Description :  In contrast to the official Twitter glossary by the Twitter Help Center, About.com (former) guide Daniel Nations gives us the fun and trendy part of Twitter! Forget about the common Twitter terms! It is the “uncommon” ones that let us taste the strong influence of Twitter: Twapplications, Twalking, Twittectomy, Twittertude,  or Twitterject. Don’t wait. Check them out!

Example Term:

Twitterloop. To be brought back into the loop of conversation by being caught up on the tweets.


Link: About.com Twitter Glossary
Language
: English

No. of terms:  35

More Twitter Glossaries of Terms on DictionaryNet

Quote as:  Twitter Glossary, ©2011 About.com. All rights reserved. Compiled by Daniel Nations – [plus link]

THE Twitter Glossary

Description : The official Twitter glossary by the Twitter Help Center. A classic support glossary that contains jargon, lingo and vocabulary of frequently used terms related to Twitter features and aspects of their service. Clean and to the point, so don’t expect to find their any trendy words. Nicely done: Each definition holds a link to related articles in Twitters help center for further exploration of each term.

The Twitter glossary is a good example how a glossary can and should be used by companies that try to limit support requests. The glossary is understood as a suitable (and actually the second listed !) tool to empower Twitter users to find answers to their question independently.

Example Term:

Timestamp

A note displaying when a Tweet was posted to Twitter. Can be found in grey text directly below any Tweet. Is also a link to that Tweet’s own URL. Learn how to link directly to a Tweet.


Link: The Twitter Glossary

Language: English and 10 additional languages

No. of terms:  80

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Quote as:  The Twitter Glossary © 2011 Twitter [plus link]

Twitter Words

20 Twitter Words that Every Twitterer Should Know

Presentation by Andrew Spoeth, Marketing Director at Enquiro.

Twitter terms compiled by www.marketingfinger.com

Language: English

No. of terms:  20

Description: Outdated and not sufficient, but if you want to add some twitter words list to your website  you will be happy that Andrew Spoeth published this glossary as a presentation. You can easily add it to your site with adding an embedded code.  I just gave it a try on my own. So instead of an example term you may watch the entire glossary. Thanks Andrew. Enjoy!

More Twitter Glossaries of Terms on DictionaryNet

Quote as:  Twitter words – 20 Twitter Words Every Twitterer Should Know, by Andrew Spoeth, 2008. http://www.slideshare.net/aspoeth/twitter-words-presentation

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

Glossary by the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Language: English

No. of terms:  250+, hyperlinks to related terms, share features (send to friend).

Description:  What a beauty! Not sure there are many people who can feel the same excitement I feel, when coming across such a glossary.  Simply an outstanding example what can be achieved if working on a glossary is done with knowledge and the aim that it really gets USED. And catching up with modern user experience the glossary can even be downloaded as a free application in AppStore.

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) created the Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms to help everyone understand the terms and concepts used in genetic research. In addition to definitions, specialists in the field of genetics share their descriptions of terms, and many terms include images, animation and links to related terms.

The Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms features more than 250 common genetic terms pronounced and explained in an easy-to-understand way by leading scientists and professionals at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

The glossary by the NCBI is a good resource to recheck terms and abbreviations used in biotechnology.

Example Term:

Genetic Engineering
Genetic engineering is the process of using recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology to alter the genetic makeup of an organism. Traditionally, humans have manipulated genomes indirectly by controlling breeding and selecting offspring with desired traits. Genetic engineering involves the direct manipulation of one or more genes. Most often, a gene from another species is added to an organism’s genome to give it a desired phenotype.

More Biotechnology  Dictionaries and Glossaries on DictionaryNet

Keywords: biotechnology, biotech, molecular biology, gene-splicing, genetic engineering, DNA, biological science

Quote as: In APA – National Institutes of Health. National Human Genome Research Institute. “Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms.”Retrieved dd,mm,yyyy, from http://www.genome.gov/glossary/

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Genome Glossary

Genome Glossary

Glossary by the  DOE Human Genome Program ( Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science.)

Language: English

No. of terms:  350, hyperlinked, but no search function

Last updated:  26-Apr-07 (!)

Description:  This glossary is a relict of the Human Gnome Program,. “Completed in 2003, the Human Genome Project (HGP) was a 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. During the early years of the HGP, the Wellcome Trust (U.K.) became a major partner; additional contributions came from Japan, France, Germany, China, and others.” – So certainly not up-to-date, but still a good list for a basic introduction.

Example Term:

Gene expression

The process by which a gene’s coded information is converted into the structures present and operating in the cell. Expressed genes include those that are transcribed into mRNA and then translated into protein and those that are transcribed into RNA but not translated into protein (e.g., transfer and ribosomal RNAs).

More Biotechnology  Dictionaries and Glossaries on DictionaryNet

Keywords: biotechnology, biotech, molecular biology, gene-splicing, genetic engineering, DNA, biological science

Quote as:  Genome Glossary. DOE Human Genome Program. http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/glossary/glossary_g.shtml. The glossary is iIn the public domain.

NCBI Biotechnology Glossary

NCBI Biotechnology Glossary

Glossary by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Language: English

No. of terms:  220, hyperlinked.

Description:  I cannot resist other than quoting the almost romantic mission the NCBI published. “Understanding nature’s mute but elegant language of living cells is the quest of modern molecular biology. From an alphabet of only four letters representing the chemical subunits of DNA emerges a syntax of life processes whose most complex expression is man. The unraveling and use of this “alphabet” to form new “words and phrases” is a central focus of the field of molecular biology. The staggering volume of molecular data and its cryptic and subtle patterns have led to an absolute requirement for computerized databases and analysis tools. The challenge is in finding new approaches to deal with the volume and complexity of data and in providing researchers with better access to analysis and computing tools to advance understanding of our genetic legacy and its role in health and disease.”

The glossary by the NCBI is a good resource to recheck terms and abbreviations used in biotechnology.

Example Term:

CGH
Comparative Genomic Hybidization. CGH is a fluorescent molecular cytogenetic technique that identifies chromosomal aberrations and maps these changes to metaphase chromosomes. CGH can be used to generate a map of DNA copy number changes in tumor genomes. CGH is based on quantitative two-color fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). DNA extracted from tumor cells is labeled in one color (e.g., green) and mixed in a 1:1 ratio with DNA from normal cells, which is labeled in a different color (e.g., red). The mixture is then applied to normal metaphase chromosomes. Portions of the genome that are equally represented in normal and tumor cells will appear orange, regions that are deleted in the tumor sample relative to the normal sample will appear red, and regions that are present in higher copy number in the tumor sample (because of amplification) will appear green. Special image analysis tools are necessary to quantitate the ratio of green-to-red fluorescence to determine whether a given region is more highly represented in the normal or in the tumor sample.

More Biotechnology  Dictionaries and Glossaries on DictionaryNet

Keywords: biotechnology, biotech, molecular biology, gene-splicing, genetic engineering, DNA, biological science

Quote as:  National Center for Biotechnology Information Glossary. In the public domain.

Weather.com Glossary

Weather Glossary

By the Weather.com, The Weather Channel

Language: English

No. of terms:  800+, hyperlinked, browse only, offering related terms.

Description: If the National Weather Service Glossary is offering too technical jargon for you, the Weather.com Glossary might be just the right pick for you. 800 plus terms, very down to earth, with short, informative definitions. Only minus, the glossary has no search function.

Example Term:

HURRICANE WATCH
A formal advisory issued by forecasters at the National Hurricane Center when they have determined that hurricane conditions are a potential threat to a coastal area or group of islands within a 24 to 36 hour period. A watch is used to inform the public and marine interests of the storm’s location, intensity, and movement.

More Weather  Dictionaries and Glossaries on DictionaryNet

Keywords: Meteorology, Weather, Hurricane, Storm

Quote asWeather Glossary, © 1995 – 2011, The Weather Channel, LLC weather.com® –
http://www.weather.com/glossary

Hurricane Glossary of Terms

Glossary of NHC Terms

By the National Hurricane Center

Language: English

No. of terms:  50, hyperlinked

Description: Only a short glossary, but good complement to the National Weather Service Glossary. No later than when Hurricane Irene was heading towards New York earlier this year, we needed to update our vocabulary.

Example Term:

Hurricane Season:
The portion of the year having a relatively high incidence of hurricanes. The hurricane season in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico runs from June 1 to November 30. The hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific basin runs from May 15 to November 30. The hurricane season in the Central Pacific basin runs from June 1 to November 30.

More Weather  Dictionaries and Glossaries on DictionaryNet

Keywords: Meteorology, Weather, Hurricane, Storm

Quote asGlossary of NHC Terms – http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutgloss.shtmlPublic domain.

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