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Glossary

Account

To become a user of Ellipsis Drive, one must have an account with Ellipsis Drive. With an Ellipsis Drive Account, you can do things like: store, share and sell spatial data.
Term
Definition
Free Account
Users with Free Account can store up to 5GB of data without any fees being levied.
Regular Account
Users with Regular Account can set a storage limit of their choice but cannot make content private.
Premium Account
Users with Premium Account can make blocks private. The storage fee for Regular and Premium accounts is based on the storage size a user allocates.

Data

Ellipsis Drive is here to help people share, manage and commercialize spatial data. Spatial data can be raster data or vector data. The words raster and vector refer to types of data. Ellipsis Drive uses raster and vector data to refer to data that clients have or may have.

Block

Users can create blocks to store their data. These blocks can be of type raster or vector.
Term
Definition
Raster Block
A block created for storing raster data is called raster block
Vector Block
A block created for storing vector data is called vector block

Vector Block

A block created to store vector data is called vector block. Vector block consist of Vector-layers. These vector-layers consist of features.
A vector-layer can have one or multiple styles.
Term
Definition
Feature
A feature is a representation of a real-world object on a map. These features have a geometry that can be a point, multi point, line, multi line, polygon or multi polygon. A feature also has properties containing some non-spatial information. These features can have multiple versions. Users can attach time series and messages to features. A message can have an optional image.
Geometry
A geometry is used to represent the spatial component of features . The geometry gives some geographical location.
Style
A style defines a colour for the vector based on a set of rules applied to the properties of the vector.

Raster Block

A block created to store raster data is called raster block. Raster block consist of captures. Each capture consists of a raster with bands. The user can include methods to visualize these rasters. When a method is added to a block we call it a visualization. A raster block therefore has number of captures times number of visualization raster-layers
Term
Definition
Capture
A capture is a repository for all raster files belonging to the same date range.
Visualization Method
Visualization method offers the user various options to represent data.
Raster Layer
The visualization of a specific capture is referred to as a raster-layer.

Layer

A layer is the smallest unit that a person can add to a map.
Term
Definition
Ellipsis Layer
If a user works in his or her own Ellipsis Drive environment, we refer to a layer as an Ellipsis layer.
Third Party Layer
If a user creates maps using layers not hosted on Ellipsis Drive, we refer to those layers as third party layers.

Map

The term map is used as a collection of layers that a user wishes to display as a unit.

Sharing Status

Data in Ellipsis Drive can be shared with your audience by setting up the correct status on block or folder.
Read more about sharing status here.

Access Level

Using the access level offered by Ellipsis Drive, users can control the actions that audience should be able to do on the shared data. There are different access level that can be set according to the need of the user.
Read more about access level here​

File System

For each account Ellipsis Drive has 4 roots. My Drive, Shared With Me, Favorites and Trash. These roots can contain folders and blocks.
Text
Definition
Path
The location of a block or folder is called a path.
My Drive
My Drive root stores all the blocks and folders that are owned by a user
Shared With Me
In the Shared With Me root a user can find all blocks and folders that are shared with them.
Favorites
The Favorites root contains blocks (not folders) that have been favorited by the user.
Trash
Trash contains all removed blocks and folders owned by that user.

Ellipsis App

The Ellipsis app has main locations defined in the table below.
Term
Definition
Drive
Drive is the location that is used to manage the file structure. User can organize folders and blocks here.
Settings
These settings can be utilised to manage a block.
Viewer
This is used to inspect a block or create maps out of multiple layers
Library
To search for content
Storage Dashboard
To manage/upgrade your storage space
Account
To manage username, avatar, OAuth client etc.

Removal

Items in Ellipsis Drive can be removed in reversible or in irreversible manner.
Term
Definition
Item
An item can be a layer, block or a folder
Archive
Archive is an action where an item is removed in a reversible way
Delete
Delete is an action where an item is removed in an irreversible way
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