Technology Definitions

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1. A2J Author: This is a user friendly interface for automated forms interviews which incorporates website standards for low-literacy users, including graphics, to create an easy to navigate interview for automated forms. The guided interviews created with A2J Author remove many of the barriers faced by self-represented litigants, allowing them to easily complete court documents that are ready to be filed with the court system. A2J Author is available for free to interested courts, legal service organizations, and members of the HotDocs development community for non-commercial use.
2.Computer Network: A shared structure of computer hardware and software that serves users within a confined geographical area. It is made up of servers, workstations, a network operating system and a communications link. Servers are high-speed machines that hold programs and data shared by network users. The workstations are the users' personal computers, which perform stand-alone processing and access the network servers as required.
3.Email: Short for electronic mail, this is a system that lets people send and receive messages and files with their computer both internally and externally. The system might be on a large network (such as the Internet), or over an office's own office network.
4.HotDocs: This is a commercial document assembly product from HotDocs Limited (previously Capsoft) used to create online forms and pleadings. Once a form has been created and uploaded to the website, pro se users and program advocates can fill in the form by answering questions and entering the information requested. The software then combines the information and supplies a finished form that can be saved and printed.
5. LawHelp Interactive: This is a project of Pro Bono Net, a nonprofit committed to increasing access to justice with technology, in cooperation with Ohio State Legal Services Association. The project provides a national server for legal aid programs to post HotDocs to create legal forms and documents. Users are asked a series of questions, and their answers are used to tailor their documents.
6.LegalMeetings: Web-based online conference center available at low cost to all LSC funded programs.
7.VPN: A virtual private network (VPN) is a network that uses a public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, to provide remote offices or individual users with secure access to their organization's network.