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Connected Nashville Glossary

Word/Phrase Comment/Definition
Accelerator programs Accelerator programs support new business owners with short term funding, mentoring and in-depth coaching from experienced members of the business community.
B-cycle A fee-based bike share initiative operated by the Nashville Downtown Partnership, a nonprofit management organization.
Blockchain A type of technology using a distributed ledger (digital record) that keeps records of digital transactions.
Cooperative marketing Cooperative marketing is a form of commercial resource sharing. It allows two entities to share the cost of, and platform for, promoting a product or service, and both entities benefit from the results. An example would be WiFi sponsored by one company as part of an event where another company offers music downloads.
Data discovery A process of gathering data from various systems, and then analyzing that data to discover any existing trends or patterns.
Data visualization Putting data into a visual context can make it easier to understand. A pie chart or bar graph is an example of a data visualization tool that helps us easily identify patterns or trends.
Data-driven Focused on, determined by or dependent upon the collection or analysis of data.
Day of Digital Inclusion An online Twitter Town Hall to address the impact that digital access and skills can have on society, families and individuals, hosted by NDIA (National Digital Inclusion Alliance), along with partners and affiliates from around the country.
EasyRide An MTA/RTA commuter program that offers Metro employees complimentary use of for the use of fixed route buses, select Relax & Ride (R&R) regional buses, and Music City Star regional rail services.
Flex lanes Flex lanes are a method to manage traffic congestion. A flex lane allows traffic to travel in either direction, depending on traffic conditions. Traffic signals are used to let drivers know whether a lane is open or closed, and whether to use it for driving or turning.
GIS A geographic information system or geographical information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data.
Green Buildings A green building is one whose building process and structure alike are resource-efficient and responsible.
HIT Acronym for Healthcare Information Technology.
Hour of Code  A global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org, reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.
ICT Information and Communications Technology.
Infrastructure The basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.
Intelligent Transportation System Intelligent transportation systems are systems that use information and communication to monitor and improve transportation and allow safer, more connected use of various modes of transportation.
KILL-A-Watt A device used to detect ‘phantom’ electricity use, which amounts to electricity expenditure that is wasted.
LinkNYC LinkNYC is a first-of-its-kind communications network that will bring the fastest available free public Wi-Fi to millions of New Yorkers, small businesses, and visitors.
LTE Acronym for Long-Term Evolution - a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals.
Mobility The quality or state of being mobile. In this context, we refer to mobility as how people move around the city using various modes of transportation (walking, biking, ride share, etc.).
Modal In this context, “modal” is of or pertaining to a mode of transportation.
MPO Acronym for Metropolitan Planning Organization - representatives from local, state, and federal government agencies that are responsible for planning and prioritizing projects for federal funds.
MTA Metropolitan Transit Authority, a public transportation agency serving Nashville and Davidson County.
Multimodal Using several different modes.
NashvilleNext NashvilleNext is a long-range plan for Nashville's future, adopted in 2015, intended to guide growth, development, and preservation in our city over the next 25 years.
Nashville Reads Nashville Public Library's citywide book club where everyone in Nashville is encouraged to read the same book at the same time.
nMotion Nashville MTA/RTA’s Strategic Plan, a 25-year comprehensive plan designed to meet the Nashville area’s vision for transit.
Opportunity Now Opportunity NOW is a youth employment initiative spearheaded by the Mayor’s Office to create a more comprehensive out-of-school network, while improving the overall climate for hiring young people.
Parking minimums Zoning regulations that require a developer to build a minimum number of parking spaces per unit, depending on the area. This has potential to lead to overbuilding, displacement of ground-level retailers or wasted space.
PEG Channels Public, Educational, and Governmental Channels - channels that provide essential local programming not provided by other media.
Right-of-way The strip of land over which facilities such as highways, railroads, or power lines are built.
Shift share analysis A determinant of the portion of economic growth or decline that can be attributed to regional factors, national factors, economic industry, etc.
STEM Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Streetscaping Streetscaping refers to the design quality of a street, and includes both natural and built elements that contribute to the street’s aesthetic value.
Transfer contract A legally binding document that governs the transfer of technology and licenses from its place or group of origin (such as a university) to wider distribution to people and places outside of the organization (such as to a hospital or business).
Transportation modes The means by which we achieve mobility. This can include walking, biking, driving, and public transportation such as buses, trains. This also includes all surfaces (air, land or sea).
TRIO The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
UNESCO Acronym for United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication.
User group In the context of technology, a user group is a club whose focus is on a specific technology or tech-based skill.
USIgnite US Ignite spurs the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities, including cities, rural areas, regions, and states. The nonprofit organization helps to accelerate new wired and wireless networking advances from research to prototype to full-scale smart community and interconnected national deployments.
VisionZero Originating in Sweden in 1997, Vision Zero is now a multi-national project focused on road traffic safety. Its aim is to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic.
Wayfinding Tools and resources used to guide travelers on location and direction. This can includes signs, maps or other graphics, or audible tools.