Glossary
This glossary includes terms found within the Filebase website and their definitions.
Access Key: When accessing Filebase through the S3 API, an access key is required to access your Filebase buckets and objects. Your access key has two components - the key and the secret. You will need both, similar to using a username and password.
API: Application Programming Interface; A software intermediary that allows two applications to communicate with one another.
AWS: Amazon Web Services; A component of Amazon’s cloud computing service.
Blockchain: a distributed digital ledger that contains immutable records of data or transactions that can be viewed in real-time; ensures secure transfer of data through encryption technologies, and that data cannot be changed or edited once it is stored on a blockchain.
Bucket: In object storage, buckets are similar to a traditional file system’s folders. Buckets are containers for objects and the associated metadata of those objects. Unlike traditional file systems, buckets cannot be nested into one another like file folders can be.
Decentralized Systems: does not depend on a central authority - operated by a distributed, peer-to-peer network and eliminates the need for centralized authority or management. Its distributed nature makes it reliable, as there is no single point of failure.
End User: Any individual that uses a product or service.
Erasure Coding: a method of data protection that involves breaking data into fragments, expanding and encoding it with redundant data, and dispersing the result into storage objects located in diverse locations; uses a computationally intensive mathematical algorithm is used to calculate the erasure locations, allowing erasure coding to prove that the loss of any single erasure will not result in an unrecoverable loss of information.
Geo-Redundancy: the practice of distributing infrastructures and their associated components, such as servers or devices, across a variety of geographically diverse locations.
IPFS: InterPlanetary File System; A peer-to-peer network for sharing and storing data over a distributed file system.
Metadata: In object storage, metadata is fully customizable and functional for objects, allowing you to capture application or user-specific information for more specific indexing purposes and data management policies.
Metaverse: a collective virtual shared space, created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual space, and the presence of people; meant to bridge the gap between virtual reality and physical reality, built utilizing the Web3 internet.
Minting: the process of validating information, such as digital asset ownership, and registering that information onto a blockchain.
NFT (Non-fungible token): digital assets that include a digital certificate of authenticity to prove ownership of specific digital or physical items. These assets can range anywhere from digital art, video game items, or pieces of music.
Nodes: A compute server or otherwise communication endpoint.
Peer-to-Peer Networks: A network topology where a group of nodes that are connected together and have equal responsibility, permissions, and access to resources.
Object: In object storage, objects are similar to a traditional file system’s files. They are small entities that contain data and metadata.
Object Storage: A computer storage architecture that stores data in the form of objects, as opposed to file system storage architectures that store data as files located within a hierarchy.
Sharding: Separating data objects into small, individual units referred to as shards.
Shards: a partition or piece of a data file.
Sia: an open-source decentralized storage network.
Skynet: a “layer-2” decentralized storage platform that leverages the Sia network.
Storj: an open-source decentralized cloud storage network.
S3: S3 technology was originally created by Amazon, but it has since become an open standard. Since then, several companies have created their own non-Amazon based version of the API. All references to S3 in this document refer to the S3 API.
Wallet: software applications used to store private keys associated with blockchain assets. If you own cryptocurrency or NFTs, your private key for these assets will be stored in a wallet. The digital assets themselves are not stored in the wallet, however, only the private keys that are used to retrieve them.
Wallet Address: similar to a traditional bank account number that is unique; when you need to send crypto or NFT transactions to your wallet, you use a wallet address.
Web3: also known as the decentralized web; a new version of the web that is decentralized and doesn’t have any single entity controlling or managing it; each user has equal permissions and say over the governance of the web.
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