Terminology

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Term

Description

Data

Electronic data of any type. It could be simple data or composite data.

Database

A software system that stores and manages data.

Schema

Machine readable definition of data.

Actor (Subject)

A person, entity, or a thing who/which has been identified.

Transaction/ Interaction Data

Data representing details of an interaction/transaction that was done among one or more actors within a system.

SoR (System of Record)

A software system that is the primary system to enable a specific set of transactions/interactions through a set of workflows and user interfaces. Identities of actors participating in these transactions/interactions maybe linked to a registry.

Registration

Act of registering/enrolling the actor into a system

Claim

A statement that is made by an actor which can be verified.

Attestation

An act of verifying and authorizing specific data in a digitally signed fashion by an authorized individual/entity (whose identities are typically linked to some other registries).

Discovery

An act of finding specific entries in a registry through a search/find mechanism.

Assertion

An act of verifying a claim.

Consent

Approval of an actor given to another person/system to access the data of that actor for purposes of transaction/interaction.

Credential

Digitally represented verifiable artifacts containing a qualification, achievement, milestone, fact, etc issued to an actor for them to be able to make claims.

Registry

An Electronic Registry is a system, acting as a single source of truth that houses a set of common attributes of the actor in a trustable (attested) and non-repudiable (audited) fashion, made available in the control of the actor enabling actors to authenticate themselves and make claims about them with their consent which can be electronically verified by 3rd party systems.