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The SCATA Jargon Buster is a compilation of many of the confusing terms and acronyms used in Health Informatics. It was compiled from various sources and is maintained by the SCATA membership.
If you are are a SCATA member, you can add and edit jargon terms from the member's area
Non-members can use the contact page to submit a new term or acronym, or to update an existing one.

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W3C

World Wide Web Consortium

The organisation that develops interoperable web technologies. See www.w3.org

WAN

Wide Area Network

A private or semi-private computer network confined to a wider area than a LAN but not the internet. The NHS’ private network, NHS net, could be regarded as an example.

WeBNF

 

The web-enabled BNF.

Worm

 

A variety of a computer a virus that ‘worms’ its way into a system and causes havoc.