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AAC
See Advanced Audio Coding.
Access Control Entry
An Access Control Entry (ACE) defines a user's access rights to objects or items on a computer or network device.
Access Control List
An Access Control List (ACL) is a list of Access Control Entries (ACE).
ACE
See Access Control Entry.
Acegi security
The Acegi security project was the predecessor to Spring Security, which is a Spring sub-project providing security features to enterprise systems.
ACL
See Access Control List.
ACP
See Alfresco Content Package.
action
A unit of work that is performed on a node. Examples include adding an aspect, copying a node, or emailing notification.
Active Directory
Active Directory (AD) is a Microsoft directory service designed for Windows that helps to manage varied and complex network resources.
Activiti workflow engine
Activiti is a lightweight workflow and Business Process Management (BPM) platform. It provides a fast and reliable BPMN 2 process engine for Java. It is open-source and distributed under an Apache license.

Activiti is based on open standards and is designed to integrate well with Spring applications, like Alfresco. You can learn more about Activiti on the Activiti website.

activity
An activity in Alfresco refers to the updates to content within a site, including the uploaded files, blogs, discussions, calendars, and the team wiki.
AD
See Active Directory.
Admin Console
The Admin Console is an Enterprise-only application that gives you control over the management and settings of the Alfresco environment. It is a standalone console for managing the administration of the Alfresco repository and comprises separate pages that identify a particular administrative activity or feature.
Admin Tools
Also known as Share Admin Tools. Admin Tools enables Alfresco administrators to create and manage users and groups from within Share, set application preferences, manage categories and tags, and browse the system information in the node browser.

The Admin Tools option is visible on the menu bar only if you are an Administrator user or a user who is a member of the ALFRESCO_ADMINISTRATORS group.

Advanced Audio Coding
Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is an audio coding system., designed to replace the MP3 format.
AFTS
See Alfresco Full Text Search.
alf_data
Directory containing binary content and indexes.
alfresco-global.properties
The alfresco-global.properties file contains the default configuration settings for Alfresco. The standard global properties file that is supplied with the installers contains settings for the location of the content and index data, the database connection properties, the location of third-party software, and database driver properties.
Alfresco Advanced Versioning Manager
Alfresco Advanced Versioning Manager (AVM) is an advanced store implementation designed to support the version control requirements of large websites and web applications.
Alfresco Community
Alfresco Community Edition is the open source alternative for Enterprise Content Management. Distributed under the LGPLv3 license, it is free to download and use forever. Alfresco Community has limits in terms of scalability and availability and is not supported, which makes it best suited for developers and technical enthusiasts in non-business critical environments.

Previously known as Alfresco Community Labs.

Alfresco Content Package
Alfresco Content Package (ACP) files hold exported information produced when using the Export feature.
Alfresco Day Zero Configuration Guide
The default Alfresco configuration is for single user evaluation, which does not take into account scale and volume. Day Zero configuration is a combination of environment validation and reconfiguration of Alfresco in preparation for high traffic, concurrent transaction, large content sets and product grade hardware. The Alfresco Day Zero Configuration Guide provides instructions on how to do this.
Alfresco DocLib portlets
DocLib portlets provide the document management capabilities of the Share Document Library page component within a Liferay portal. This feature consists of three portlets for accessing Share sites and the Alfresco repository.
Alfresco Enterprise
See Alfresco One.
Alfresco FTS
See Alfresco Full Text Search.
Alfresco Full Text Search
Alfresco Full Text Search (AFTS) is the search syntax used by Alfresco. It can be used standalone or it can be embedded in CMIS-SQL using the contains() predicate function. Alfresco supports the execution of a subset of the CMIS Query Language (CMIS QL) and Alfresco Full Text Search (AFTS) queries directly against the database.
Alfresco in the cloud
Alfresco in the cloud is a fully managed Software as a Service (SaaS) enterprise content management solution that allows users to securely access their corporate documents and files on any device, from any location.
Alfresco Media Management
Alfresco Media Management provides the capability to transform and add metadata and relationships to your digital media.
Alfresco Mobile
Alfresco Mobile is a free mobile document management app for iOS and Android tablets and smartphones, which enables you to view all your content stored in your Alfresco on-premise or Alfresco in the cloud accounts.
Alfresco Module Package
An Alfresco Module Package (AMP) is a collection of code, XML, images, CSS, that collectively extend the functionality or data provided by the standard Alfresco repository. An AMP file can contain as little as a set of custom templates or a new category. It can contain a custom model and associated user interface customizations. It could contain a complete new set of functionality.
Alfresco One
Alfresco One is a combination of Alfresco Enterprise and Alfresco in the cloud. It is a Hybrid ECM (Enterprise Content Management) solution that combines the efficiency, collaboration, and control of an ECM platform with the agility and flexibility of the cloud. 

With Alfresco One, document management, collaboration, and process automation can be synced to the cloud, avoiding the risks associated with uncontrolled consumer file sharing and enabling secure collaboration outside of the firewall.

It is recommended for corporations, governments, and other organizations looking for a production-ready open source ECM solution, with the primary benefit of being a stable, reliable, certified, supported application with warranty and indemnity, with the support of Alfresco and its certified partners.
Alfresco One API
The Alfresco One API lets you access content in an on-premise Alfresco repository, and in Alfresco cloud, from your own applications. The API is RESTful and consists of two parts; the standard CMIS API, which lets you manage and access content, and the Alfresco One REST API which lets you manage Alfresco's additional features such as ratings and comments, which are not covered by the CMIS standard.
Alfresco Share
Alfresco Share is a rich web-based collaboration environment for managing documents, wiki content, blogs and more. Share leverages the Alfresco repository to provide content services and uses the Alfresco Surf platform to provide the underlying presentation framework.
Alfresco WAR
See Alfresco Web Application Archive.
Alfresco Web Application Archive
The Alfresco Web Application Archive (WAR) file is used to deploy Alfresco in existing application servers.
Alfresco Web Editor
The Alfresco Web Editor is a Spring Surf-based web application that provides in-context editing capabilities for Alfresco repository content. The editor provides a mechanism for non-technical users to make edits to Alfresco content directly within a web page.
AJAX
Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) is a method of building fast interactive web applications, which allows the web page to update very quickly by refreshing only the part of the page required by the user.
AMD
See Asynchronous Module Definition.
AMP
See Alfresco Module Package.
Apache Tika
Apache Tika is metadata detection and extraction software. See Apache Tika for more information.
Apache Tomcat
Apache Tomcat, also known as Tomcat, is an open source application server developed by the Apache Software Foundation that provides an environment for Java code to run in cooperation with a web server. It allows software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies from Oracle Microsystems.

Tomcat is the default application server used by Alfresco.

API
See Application Programming Interface.
Application Programming Interface
Alfresco supports multiple Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that allow developers to extend and customize the product.
aspect
Aspects allow property and association definitions to be shared across many types of nodes. This means that a cross-cutting feature of an ECM domain model can be encapsulated and applied throughout the rigid part of the model represented by types.
Asynchronous Module Definition
Asynchronous Module Definition (AMD) is a standard for defining modules in JavaScript, such that the module and its dependencies can be asynchronously loaded. This approach is particularly useful in a browser environment.
AtomPub
Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub) is an application-level protocol for publishing and editing web resources.
AWE
See Alfresco Web Editor.