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Elebase Glossary


Provides the specific authorization to access content and post to a specific Project. An API Key is generated by a Project Manager within a Project.

Boolean Element

A boolean element is anything that has a response that can only be one of two options, such as ‘on’ or ‘off’ / ‘yes’ or ‘no’ / ‘checked’ or ‘unchecked’ / ‘true’ or ‘false.' A boolean element is often manifest as a checkbox that is either selected or unselected.

Geo Element

A type of Element that allows for the creation, editing, and saving of geographic (spatial) information. Additional information can include a zoom-to level and a center-point coordinate. A Geo Feature includes least one Geo Type such as point coordinates, path coordinates, area coordinates, and associated Geo Feature Types.


Pieces of textual information written by individuals about Content are called Comments. Comments can be created by Users as well as non-Users and login is not a prerequisite to posting a comment. The Comment object is an entity that exists for convenience and is not considered to be an Element.


Information that allows for the contacting of an individual or an organization that typically would include a name, telephone, email, address etc. A Contact is also often used for the input and saving of content that is used for future contacting such as a sales lead.

Contact Group

Contacts can be differentiated by assigning them to a Contact Group. It is possible for a Contact to belong to more than one Contact Group at a time.

Content Entry

A Content Entry is created using Types and Elements, and is the term used to describe an entry of distinct content in Elebase. Many Entries can be created for any Type of content. Every Entry must have a title and also be assigned to at least one User.

Entry Group

A collection of Entries can be gathered together into an Entry Group. An Entry Group has a name (Group Name). Entries can belong to more than one group.

Content Model

The structure of the Content Entries created and stored in a Project is called the Content Model. A Content Model is the umbrella term for the containers in which information is organized. A Content Model is created using Types, Elements, and Groups. Types of Content can be organized to contain other Types. Elements are assigned to a Content Types. Groups can be created and assigned to Types, Elements, and also Content Entries.

Date/Time Element

An Element that allows the creation and storage of date and/or time information.


Elements are containers for the specific content and data to be stored for an Entry within a Type. Elements are assigned to Types. Use several Elements assigned to a Type to create a template for inputting and storing information.

There are eight different forms that an Element can take. They are:

  • Text (for textual information; this can be plain text or text that has limited design features using markdown)
  • Boolean (a yes/no response that is most often manifest as a checkbox or a switch)
  • Date/Time (for input and storage of Date and or Time information)
  • Embed (input the code for displaying an embeddable feature)
  • File (for uploading and storing media such as images or documents)
  • Geo (for creating and storing geospatial information)
  • Integer/Numeric (for the input of numbers)
  • Option (for selection from among several optional predefined values)

Element Group

A collection of Elements can be gathered together into an Element Group. An Element Group has a name (Element Group Name). Elements can belong to more than one Group at a time. Element Groups can be used for a variety of purposes, including determining display and organization.

Embed Element

Allows for the input and storage of code that displays an embeddable feature such as a video.


An Expression is any usage of the Elebase API that an end user could experience. For example, an iPhone app using the content could be called an iPhone Expression while a Website that also uses the content would be a Website Expression.

File Element

Allows for the upload and storage of a variety of file types, including images, documents, and video.

File Group

A collection of Files can be gathered together into a File Group. A File Group has a name (File Group Name). Files can belong to more than one Group at a time. File Groups can be used for a variety of purposes including determining display and organization in an Expression.

Geo Element

A type of Element that allows for the creation and storage of geographic information. Geographic information consists of spatial coordinates that can be a single place, multiple places, paths, or areas.

Geo Feature

Each entry of Geospatial information stored in a Geo Element is called a Geo Feature. Each Geo Feature includes a Geo Type, which is a path, point, or a polygon, and a Geo Feature Type that describes the Feature in more detail.

Geo Feature Type

Can be used to further define spatial information in a Geo Element. These are identified at the Project Level. For example, a path (Geo Type) to indicate a trail could be assigned a Geo Feature Type of “paved” or “dirt” which provides additional detail about what type of Geo Feature is being created or displayed.

Geo Layer

The specific basemap for a Project or a Content Entry is called a Geo Layer. Geo Layers can also include a preferred zoom-extent and center-point for use with an external mapping API such as ESRI, Google, or Mapbox.


In Elebase, the term Group is used whenever several different Content Entries, Contacts, Files, Types, Uses,r or Elements are organized into a collection. For example, many different content entries that belong to different types can be added to a Content Group. Various Elements that share a specific purpose can also be added to an Element Group.

Number Element

An Element that allows for the creation and storage of numerical information. The Element may also require that the number be stored as an integer.


Content Entries, as well as the Types, Groups, and other organizational aspects of the Content Model, can be created and managed in any ISO-defined language or several languages.


The specific spelling and vocabulary variations of a language can be specified by an ISO-defined Locale preference in Elebase. For example, the English language can be further defined by the Locale; UK for Britain or US for United States.


Authorized Users in Elebase may create additional information regarding a Content Entry, or share additional thoughts or ideas regarding an Entry, through Notes. Multiple Notes can be associated with a Content Entry.

Option Element

A Type of Element that allows for the selection of one or several pre-established values that have been pre-defined for the specific Element.


The vehicle in Elebase that allows for the use of the platform’s functionality. A Content Model, Content Entries, and API Keys all belong to a Project.

Text Element

A type of Element that allows for the creation and storage of textual information. A variety of preferences exist for this Element that include the maximum number of characters allowed and the level of Text Editor tools that should be made available for this Element.


A setting that allows for the selection of an ISO-designated time zone and variance from Greenwich Mean Time and then provides that date and time information for the Project or the User within the API or through the Out-of-the-box Elebase user screens.


Refers to Content Types. The Elebase Content Model requires that Content belong to one or more Types. A Content Type is defined at a Project level and the Type Label is a short representation of the characteristics of what the Content Entries that are assigned this Type are about.

Type Group

A collection of Types can be gathered together into a Type Group. A Type Group has a name (Type Group Name). Types can belong to more than one Group at a time. Type Groups can be used for a variety of purposes including determining display and organization.


Any individual with a distinct email address, password combination, and User Level has the ability to login to an Elebase Project and is therefore a User.

User Group

A collection of Users can be gathered together into a User Group. A User Group has a name (User Group Name). Users can belong to more than one User Group at a time. Type of Content and Elements available for viewing and editing can be specified by User Group.

User Level

Determines the functionality available for a specific User. The default User Levels that exist in Elebase are: BASE, CONTRIBUTOR, EDITOR, MANAGER.

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