Gimpsy Help - Glossary


  1. A generic term for a collection of things sharing a common attribute; a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme .
  2. In Gimpsy, the first and highest category is a type of activity that a user can do on the Internet, like 'buy', 'sell', 'create', 'apply', 'play' etc.


A finer division related to a category, or to another subcategory. For example, the 'buy' category may have 'boat', 'books', 'computer' and such like as its subcategories. A subcategory may be further divided to finer and more specialized elements. For example, the 'book' subcategory has its own subcategories, like 'poetry', 'religion', 'technology' etc.

Category tree

The combination of all the categories and subcategories and their relationships is called the category tree. The categories are like main branches, and the subcategories are smaller branches that spread each of them or from other, smaller, branches. The leaves on that tree are the sites kept in the Gimpsy database.

Soft link

A category that 'points to' or 'leads to' another category. For example, the 'purchase' category points to the 'buy' category. A soft link does not have subcategories. It is used to denote an alternative way of expressing the same requirements, or a semantic equivalence (e.g. 'gamble' is soft linked to 'bet').


A generic term for site characteristics that are not related to site categorization. A web site can have many properties, some of which are used by Gimpsy. For instance, size (number of pages), date created and popularity are not used, while 'requires registration' and 'adult oriented' are. A property has two aspects: The name of the property (like 'size') and the values of the property (e.g. -'large', 'medium', 'small').

Fixed property

A property that is used in Gimpsy for every site in it. In other words, each site in Gimpsy must have a value in this property (e.g. - 'requires registration').

Soft property

A property that is used in Gimpsy only for a subset of sites, usually related to a particular category branch. For example, in the 'download' category, Payment is a property that has the following values: 'freeware', 'shareware' and 'commercial'. Obviously, this property is not used in the 'donate money' category.


A fixed property that shows the relation between an Internet site and the geographical location that it aims at serving. The Coverage can be very small (a Pizza parlor that only delivers within few miles radius from the shop) or very large (a site that provides Chess playing tournaments worldwide).

Primary Coverage

The coverage that the site is primarily concerned with - its prime target or preferred audience. For example, a site that sells hand made costumes only to US residents and does not ship its product anywhere else will have USA as its primary coverage.

Secondary Coverage

A geographical location that is served by a site, but only as complimentary to its primary coverage and not at the same level. For example, a bookstore in the USA accepts order from USA or Canada only. It sends books to US residents free of any shipping charges and ensures next day delivery. It also sells in Canada, but at a higher shipping cost and with an up to a 5 days delay. Hence, for this site the primary coverage is USA and the secondary coverage is Canada.

Adult sites

A fixed property indicating that a site contains adult oriented material. In most cases it will be related to sex, but may include other content types that in the Editor's judgement are not suitable for under-18 users.

Site registration

A fixed property indicating that a site requires the users to register before they are allowed to use the online service provided by that site. In some categories, registration is assumed even if not marked, as in the 'subscribe' activity.

Site payment

A fixed property indicating that a site requires the users to pay before they are allowed to use the online service provided by that site. In some categories, payment is assumed even if not marked, as in the 'buy' activity.

WAP support

A fixed property that indicates whether a site provides support for the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) used by mobile phones to browse the Internet.

Site Language

A fixed property that indicates the language(s) that are contained in a site. Usually, only if the languages provide the same depth of information they are all mentioned in Gimpsy.

Description Language

Currently, Gimpsy describes sites in English only. Future expansion will allow users speaking different languages to view the sites' description in their own tongue.

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