Glossary of Related Terms

This glossary provides definitions of commonly used words relating to WebFOCUS Social Media Integration.

Access File

Using a file extension of .acx, an Access File is a metadata file that describes the web services request to the server.

Access Token

A series of characters that is given to a credential on the application page, facilitating single user authentication. This value can be copied across screens for configuration purposes.


An adapter is used by a web service to transform message formats. Adapters are needed on social media platforms for this reason,


A sentiment analysis tool that is used to extract and analyze data about people, facts, places, and other topics.

Allowed Permissions

Permissions that provide access to certain information (for example, birthdays and interests in the Facebook adapter). In order to allow these permissions, you must select them when configuring the adapter.


Commonly known as an Application Programming Interface, an API is a set of programming instructions and standards for accessing a web-based software application or web tool.


The variables used to define a connection.


A file that is used to authenticate the server to which the adapter is connecting.

Chained Authentication

In chained authentication, a Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server provides authentication when it routes requests to an upstream server. In some configuration scenarios, chained authentication supports the explicit and passthru (with PING capabilities) security models.

Connection Attributes

Attributes, for example Connection Name and Select Profile, that define a connection.

Connection Name

Logical name used to identify a particular set of connection attributes.


These contain user credentials, which are in effect for the length of a TSCOM agent session (that is, between user connect and user disconnect).

Data Management Console

Provides a console through which you can configure the Adapter for Facebook.

Data Profiling

Provides the data characteristics for synonym columns (alphanumeric and numeric columns).


An Internet-based social networking service.

Identification Token

Values that are returned by an authentication operation and are acceptable to associated execution operations.


Java Development Kit, which is a programming environment that supports the production of Java applets and applications. Platforms for development include Java SE, Java EE or Java ME.


JavaScript Object Notation. It is a publicly available, text-based open standard.

Master File
A permanent file that serves as an authoritative source of data. It can be updated as needed. This file is also required and serves as the backbone of the underlying file structure.

Metadata is data about other data. Its role is to summarize basic information about data, enabling more accurate searches. Metadata creates a structure within the data which leads to better results in accessing information and conducting a search.

Proxy Port

The port number on which the proxy server listens.


REpresentational State Transfer


Implements authentication protocols when connecting to a server. For example, when connecting to a web services provider, there are two methods by which a user can be authenticated (Explicit and Password Passthru). These are the security methods imposed on the web services provider.

Sentiment Analysis

Measures the attitudes of a consumer towards a brand or the sentiment that is expressed through social media tools. Involves the measurement of engagement with social media tools (for example, Facebook or Twitter).


Defines a unique logical name (also known as an alias) for each web services operation. Synonyms are useful because they insulate client applications from changes to the location and identity of a request. You can move or rename a request without modifying the client applications that use it. You need make only one change, redefining the request synonym on the server. They provide support for the extended metadata features of the server, such as virtual fields and security mechanisms. Creating a synonym generates a Master File and an Access File.


Categories and terms that are hierarchically organized using parent child relationships.

Taxonomy Server

A third-party product created by WAND, Inc., the WAND DataFacet Taxonomy Server evaluates content and returns a sentiment score based on a default Sentiment Taxonomy.


Uniform Resource Locator. It is a string of charters that refer to information that is located on the Internet.


Web Application Description Language. This is a file format that is specific to XML.


A Colorado-based company that designs and develops the WAND DataFacet Taxonomy Server.

Web Console

A web-based user interface through which you can access an application.


Web Services Description Language. It is a XML-based description language that is used to describe the functionality of a particular web service.