Definitions Edit

Internet Edit

A portal is

the starting point, or a gateway through which users navigate the World Wide Web, gaining access to a wide range of resources and services, such as e-mail, forums, search engines, and shopping malls.[1]
a website that provides at least three essential functions: a search engine, e-mail, and personalized news. A portal is intended to be the site a user first connects to whenever they log onto the Internet. It attracts users by providing personalized and customized services (e-mail and news) and providing search services which are frequently used to find and access other sites.

Telework Edit

A portal is

[a] high-level remote access architecture that is based on a server that offers teleworkers access to one or more applications through a single centralized interface.[2]

Overview Edit

Portals began as 'super' web sites but are technically no different from traditional web sites. While they may contain original content, web portals generally function as web sites that provide a starting point or gateway to other existing web resources and are generally created in HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and read by web browsers. A portal is a single Uniform Resource Locator (URL) that points to a variety of other existing URLs.

Portals provide:

References Edit

  1. ITU Glossary of Mobile Cellular Terms 3 (1999) (full-text).
  2. NIST, Guide to Enterprise Telework and Remote Access Security, at A-1 (NIST Special Publication 800-46) (June 2009) (full-text).
  3. Implications of Recent Web Technologies for NARA Web Guidance.

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