Glossary

This section explains any terms, acronyms or abbreviations contained in this document. See each topic section for explanation of the meaning and usage of fields.

  • application menu; a menu on the left of some screens, which provides access to each of major features of the Boréalis;
  • browser (web browser); is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the world wide web and the Boréalis, including web pages, images and video;
  • Boréalis application; Boréalis Information Management System is a web-based software to help extractive industries manage social and environmental responsibilities;
  • component; a grouping of related registers and reports within module. e.g.: "Governance" and "Investment Portfolio" are components within the "Social Investment" module;
  • drop-down list; the field allows a single selection from an associated list;
  • expand control; an icon shown on a map or on a table or which increase its size in order to show more information on the screen;
  • field; part of a record; e.g.: "target date" is a field in a task record;
  • home page; the main page of the Boréalis; similar to a table of contents, it provides access to all of the major features and modules available in the Boréalis;
  • hyperlink; a link from one Boréalis screen or record to another screen or record or to an external intranet or web page;
  • internet explorer; a browser made by Microsoft;
  • layer control; an icon on a map that determines if a certain category of information is shown on a map;
  • log out; to end a session in a computer system such as the Boréalis so that it will not recognise you until you log in again;
  • module; a primary feature of the Boréalis; e.g.: "Stakeholder Engagement" and "Compliance Management" are modules;
  • multiple-select list; when editable, the field allows one or more selections from a list of options;
  • navigate; to move from one place to another within Boréalis using menus or hyperlinks;
  • page (web page); a fixed amount of data about one thing; e.g.: a single record in a register; or a list of search results; each page is identified by a different URL;
  • page control; icons, usually at the bottom of a list or table which changes the current page in that list or table;
  • password; a secret series of characters that enables an authorised user to access a system such as the Boréalis;
  • quick link; is a hyperlink to a page or record that you use often; a quick link appears in the quick links menu;
  • quick link menu; located under the application menu, contains a list of quick links created by the current user;
  • record; a collection of related information about a single thing in a register. e.g.: a specific task in the tasks register, or a single individual in the individual register;
  • register; a list of items sharing a common subject or topic stored in the system. e.g.: the list of individuals is the individual register or the list of grievances is the grievance register;
  • session; the period of time a user is logged in to the Boréalis;
  • single select; when editable, the field allows one selection from a list of options;
  • system administrator; an individual responsible for maintaining a computer system such as the Boréalis; duties include setting up user accounts and adding to items to some drop-down lists;
  • tag list; is a list of keywords (or phrases) that categorise information and often link to or filter information; in the Boréalis the calendar feature uses tags to filter the visible registers;
  • URL (uniform resource locator); it is the unique address for an Internet page and pages in the Boréalis; a URL can be entered into an address bar of a browser;
  • zoom control; an icon on a map or picture, which increases or reduces the size of the image.
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