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Understanding the OASIS Terminology

Before you get deep into the processes that will help you manage your website, it is prudent to provide you with a brief primer that explains a few key terms that will be used to describe OASIS features and functionalities.


The word file, in OASIS, shares the same meaning as it does in a desktop operating system – it is a digital resource that contains information. In the case of OASIS, the word 'file' is restricted to mean data that has been created by you in desktop applications like Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe Photoshop.


The word folder, in OASIS, again shares the meaning with common operating systems like Windows or MacOS. A folder is an organizational convenience, created by or provided to system users to allow them to organize files.

Web Page:

A web page is a page on the website which can be accessed by those with privileges to see it. It is summoned by typing, into a web browser, an address that begins with http://www. In OASIS, a folder can be converted to a web page by applying a layout.


The word resource [formerly module] is a piece of software that allows both administrators and site visitors to carry out a task. It is a programmed element. On personal computers, using the OASIS definition of resource, you would call Microsoft Word a text processing resource, Photoshop a graphic manipulation resource, etc. OASIS includes a variety of resources that carry out functionality – for example, the Gallery resource allows the administrator to upload photos and videos, and renders these on a web page in an appealing, scrolling gallery. This resource is different from the calendar resource, which shows visitors a calendar of events and allows them to register for events.

Resource instances (see below) are placed on web pages for viewing purposes.

Resource Instance:

A resource instance is the marriage of a piece of software functionality with a specific data set. Building on the idea of the Gallery resource, assume that two months ago your team had its Halloween party and took a series of pictures which it uploaded to a Gallery resource. Yesterday, you took photographs of a new building that was opened for your team. Instead of mixing them into the same Gallery instance [and having all the pictures from Halloween and your building opening in the same viewer], you as the administrator decide to create a new 'resource instance' of the gallery, so that the two picture sets, with very different purposes, are not mixed up.  This is the concept of resource instance – an instance attaches a resource [the tool] with specific data (the photos of the building opening).