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Id View Term Description
3 View Culture The sum total of ways of living, artifacts, customs, and so on, built up by a group of people and transmitted from one generation to another.
4 View Habit routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously
5 View Knowledge mental possession of information or skills, contributing to understanding
6 View Belief psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true
7 View Cultural Institution structure or mechanism of social order and cooperation governing the behaviour of a set of individuals within a given community
8 View Archives Institutions that store, maintain, and care for non-active public records or other important historical documents that are arranged as an organized body. The documents in an archive were received or originated in connection with the activities of an organization, institution or individual, and are preserved because of their continuing value.
9 View Libraries Institutions that curate a collection of books, periodicals, and other materials, organized to provide physical, bibliographic, and intellectual access by the public or members of a group.
10 View Art the process of creating an expressive work intended to be appreciated for its beauty or emotional power; NOT the resulting work
11 View Idea mental image or concept
12 View Concept semantic unit understood in different ways, e.g. as mental representation, ability or abstract object
13 View Arts human expression and creativity, usually influenced by culture
14 View Artist person who engages in any form of artistic creation or practice
15 View Beauty aesthetic concepts, philosophical concepts
16 View Advertizing form of communication for marketing, typically paid for
17 View Multimedia content that uses a combination of different content forms. Contemporary works of art that employ several distinct art forms, such as sculpture and music or painting and light art. For the concept that certain contemporary works merge known art forms to inaugurate a new type, use "intermedia." To indicate that works are composed of a variety of materials, use "mixed media."
18 View Environmental art genre of art engaging nature and ecology
19 View Creativity cognitive process whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. concepts relating to the creative process, artistic concepts,
20 View Art crafts Refers to handmade articles, the creation of which required skill, dexterity, and at least a certain amount of aesthetic sensibility. Media may include textiles, ceramics, paperwork, needlework, woodworking, and others. Although there is overlap, crafts are often distinguished from "fine arts," in that the fine arts are of the media of painting, sculpture, drawing, and architecture, which were traditionally considered by many to require greater aesthetic sensibility, education, and training, even though this view may in fact be biased. Historically in Western art, the fine arts required extensive formal training and were taught primarily to males, whereas crafts were often taught at home or in an informal setting, and to females as well as to males.
21 View Architecture The art or science of designing and building structures, especially habitable structures, in accordance with principles determined by aesthetic and practical or material considerations. For a general term for the actual structures or parts of structures that were made by human beings, see "architecture (object genre)."
22 View Visual Arts art form which creates works that are primarily visual in nature
23 View Performing arts Disciplines concerning arts that depend upon performances presented to the attention of observers through the live or recorded actions of the artists, such as actors, musicians, poets, etc.
24 View Literature General term for the genre of works, written or oral, that are the result or product of literary activity. Included are written works considered collectively; a body of literary works produced in a particular country or period, or of a particular genre.
25 View Painting visual artwork, surface artistically covered with paint
26 View Photography The dedicated practice of making photographs as an applied art.
27 View Drawing visual artwork in two-dimensional medium
28 View Sculpture Three-dimensional works of art in which images and forms are produced in relief, in intaglio, or in the round. The term refers particularly to art works created by carving or engraving a hard material, by molding or casting a malleable material (which usually then hardens), or by assembling parts to create a three-dimensional object. It is typically used to refer to large or medium-sized objects made of stone, wood, bronze, or another metal. Small objects are typically referred to as "carvings" or another appropriate term. "Sculpture" refers to works that represent tangible beings, objects, or groups of objects, or are abstract works that have defined edges and boundaries and can be measured. As three-dimensional works become more diffused in space or time, or less tangible, use appropriate specific terms, such as "mail art" or "environmental art."
29 View Conceptual art Art from any period in which the idea represented is considered more important than the finished product; examples may include satire and parody. For the style and movement that began in the 1960s, use "Conceptual" style and movement.
30 View Opera Performing arts genre combining theater and music, in which some or all of the roles are sung
31 View Singing Genre of performing art characterized by the skillful production of musical tones by means of the human voice. Singing requires a physical technique in which the lungs supply air to the larynx, which acts as a reed or vibrator; the chest and head cavities function as amplifiers. The tongue, palate, teeth, and lips articulate and impose consonants and vowels on the amplified sound. In the art of singing, refined skill is required to coordinate these various anatomical mechanisms and their interaction upon one another. Singing is distinct from speaking in the way in which the breath is expended to vibrate the vocal cords and by the control required in the movement and reflexes of the larynx.
32 View Theatre Genre of performing arts concerning theatrical or dramatic entertainment, often reserved for works intended for stage presentations.
33 View Music Performing arts genre having to do with the combining of vocal or instrumental sounds in measured time to communicate emotions, ideas, or states of mind, usually according to cultural standards of rhythm, melody, and, in most Western music, harmony
34 View Dance Rhythmic movements of the body, usually to the accompaniment of music; as a performative work, or as part of tradition or ceremony.
35 View Wellbeing general term for condition of individual or group
36 View Emotional wellbeing Emotional well-being is the ability to produce positive emotions, moods, thoughts, and feelings, and adapt when confronted with adversity and stressful situations.
37 View Education transmission of knowledge and skills
38 View Employment relationship between the employee and the employer
39 View Wealth abundance of value
40 View Belongingness human emotional need to be an accepted member of a group
41 View Security freedom from, or resilience against, potential harm caused by hostile forces, circumstances or disturbances
42 View Social structure sociological classification of human societies according to their social characteristics
43 View Ocupational wellbeing Occupational well-being involves the ability to achieve a healthy work-life balance, manage workplace stress and build relationships with bosses and coworkers while integrating the commitment to your occupation into a lifestyle that is both satisfying and rewarding.
44 View Social wellbeing Social well-being can be defined as the sharing, developing, and sustaining of meaningful relationships with others. This allows person to feel authentic and valued, and provides a sense of connectedness and belonging.
45 View Healthcare prevention of disease and promotion of wellbeing
69 View Museum Institutions that maintain places where objects of value such as works of art, antiquities, scientific specimens, or other artifacts are housed and displayed for public benefit. An institution devoted to the procurement, care, documentation, study and display of objects of lasting interest or value.
47 View Society The state or condition of a group of humans living in company with other people; the system of customs and organization adopted by a group of people for harmonious coexistence or mutual benefit.
48 View Health desirable level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living being
49 View Mental health level of psychological well-being
50 View Disease abnormal condition negatively affecting organisms
51 View Physical health Physical health is defined as the condition of your body, taking into consideration everything from the absence of disease to fitness level. Physical health is critical for overall well-being, and can be affected by: Lifestyle: diet, level of physical activity, and behaviour (for instance, smoking);
52 View Infirmity infirmity (countable and uncountable, plural infirmities) 1)feebleness, frailty or ailment, especially due to old age. 2)a moral weakness or defect
53 View Anxiety unpleasant complex combination of emotions that includes fear, apprehension and worry, and is often accompanied by physical sensations such as palpitations, nausea, chest pain and/or shortness of breath
70 View Sense of community Sense of community (or psychological sense of community) is a concept in community psychology, social psychology, and community social work, as well as in several other research disciplines, such as urban sociology, which focuses on the experience of community rather than its structure, formation, setting, or other features.
76 View Quality of life Quality of life (QOL) is defined by the World Health Organization as "an individual's perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns"
56 View Self esteem Term used in psychology to reflect a person's overall emotional evaluation of their own worth
57 View Urban renewal Activity of clearing, rebuilding, restoring, or refurbishing urban areas.
58 View Participation inclusion of individuals and organizations in decision-making and opinion-forming processes
59 View Activism efforts to make change in society toward a perceived greater good
60 View Redevelopment new construction on a site that has preexisting uses
61 View Community organizing process where a community works together based on a common problem
62 View Economic development process and policies to improve economic well-being
63 View Postnatal depression endogenous depression that involves intense, sustained and sometimes disabling depression experienced by women after giving birth
64 View COPD pulmonary disease lung disease involving long-term poor airflow
65 View Film Discipline encompassing the art and form of expression of filmmaking and motion pictures, which are produced in the media of film or videotape, on which a series of pictures are presented to the eye in such rapid succession as to give the illusion of natural movement. It may also refer to similar art created in digital media. For the actual works created on film, use "motion pictures (visual works)."
66 View Health resilience OECD: "Health systems resilience is the ability of health systems not only to plan for shocks, such as pandemics, economic crises or the effects of climate change, but also to minimise the negative consequences of such disruptions, recover as quickly as possible, and adapt by learning lessons from the experience to become even better performing and more prepared."
67 View Playing music instruments Playing music instruments
68 View Depression state of low mood and aversion to activity, which can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, motivation, feelings, and sense of well-being
71 View Happyness mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by pleasant emotions
72 View Life satisfaction measure of well-being assessed in terms of mood, satisfaction with relationships, achieved goals, self-concepts, and self-perceived ability to cope with one's daily life
73 View Dementia long-term brain disorder causing personality changes and impaired memory, reasoning, and social function
74 View Fear of crime fear of being a victim of crime as opposed to the actual probability of being a victim of crime
75 View Stress psychological feeling of strain and pressure, that could increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, ulcers, and mental illnesses such as depression and aggravation of a pre-existing condition
77 View Respiratory disease disease of the respiratory system
78 View Book written text that can be published in printed or electronic form.Items comprising a collection of leaves of paper, parchment, wood, stiffened textile, ivory, metal tablets, or other flat material, that are blank, written on, or printed, and are strung or bound together in a volume.
79 View Autism neurodevelopmental condition
80 View Alzheimer's progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by memory loss
81 View Pain type of unpleasant feeling
82 View Writing Forming or producing letters to record the ideas which characters and words express or to communicate the ideas by visible signs.
83 View Post-traumatic stress mental disorder that developed after experiencing or witnessig a terrifying or life-threatening event
86 View Art sessions Sessions of art
85 View Safety feeling Feeling safe is a prerequisite to happiness, health, and wholeness, and to normal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development.
87 View Pottery Generally, all ware made of ceramic, which is any of various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature. In specialized usage, it typically does not include porcelain, which is a type of ceramic ware made of a refractory white clay, or "kaolin," and a feldspathic rock, that react when fired so the clay serves to hold the shape of the object and the rock fuses into a natural glass.
88 View Pleasure broad class of mental states that humans and other animals experience as positive, enjoyable, or worth seeking
89 View Drama Academically oriented study of theater, comprising theater criticism, history, aesthetics, and the study of drama as a specialized form of literature. For the professionally oriented study and practice of theater, use "theater (discipline)."
90 View Art therapy Study and practice of the therapeutic use of images and objects, to foster nonverbal communication, creativity, and physical interaction, and to uncover verbal associations and interpretations, helping to identify and understand patients' emotional, motor, and perceptual dysfunctions.
91 View Community identity A community’s identity—defined through the common interests and shared experiences of its users—shapes various facets of the social dynamics within it
92 View Economy area of the production, distribution and trade, as well as consumption of goods and services by different agents
94 View Social group two or more humans who interact with one another
95 View Social relationship Broadly defined, social relationships refer to the connections that exist between people who have recurring interactions that are perceived by the participants to have personal meaning.
96 View Tourism The industry providing facilities and services to people traveling for recreation.
97 View Tumor abnormal growth of tissue forming a mass
98 View Refugees type of displaced person
99 View Urban area human settlement with high population density and infrastructure of built environment. Areas within city limits or closely linked to them by common use of public utilities or services.
100 View Urban planning Long term planning for additions and improvements to the spatial organization and content of urban areas. It concerns planning for interaction between people, businesses, government, transportation infrastructure, mass transit, water and power infrastructure, pollution, waste management, and other broad and long term interests in an urban setting. For the overall management of urban areas, encompassing the setting of objectives for urban life, the establishment of policies, and the planning, development, operation, and maintenance of the urban environment and services, use "urban management." For the field concerned with designing the specific appearance and function of cities, use “urban design.”
101 View City large permanent human settlement. Distinctions among villages, towns, and cities are relative and vary according to their individual regional contexts. Generally, cities designate large or important communities with population, status, and internal complexity greater than most towns in the region
102 View Rural area Settlement areas characterized by country life or agriculture.
103 View Suburbs Compactly developed or developing, usually residential, areas on the outskirts of a central city; distinguished from central cities by their more homogeneous socio-economic and physical character, although rarely is there an identifiable boundary between suburbs and central cities.
104 View Village small clustered human settlement smaller than a town. Distinctions among villages, towns, and cities are relative and vary according to their individual regional contexts. Villages generally designate units of compact settlement, varying in size but usually larger than hamlets and smaller than towns and distinguished from the surrounding rural territory.
105 View Textile arts Visual works, particularly works of art or high craft, that are created from textile materials, which are plant, animal, and synthetic fibers used in weaving, sewing, knitting, felting, knotting, etc. Textile art uses exclusively, or nearly exclusively, textiles as both the support and media, if any media are applied. Embroidery is a textile art, because the support is textile and also the material used to create the design is a textile. However, in another example, oil paintings are generally painted on canvas, which is a textile material: but oil paintings are not considered textile art because the medium is paint.
106 View Fashion design art of the application of design and aesthetics to clothing and accessories. Designing clothing, accessories, and ensembles for personal wear. For the design of clothing, accessories, and ensembles intended to create an appearance characteristic of a particular period, person, place, or thing, especially (but not exclusively) for theatrical performances, use "costume design." For the concept of a prevailing, usually short lived custom, usage, or style in clothing, cars, restaurants, and other personal possessions and services, use "fashion."
107 View Video The study and practice of recording, reproducing, broadcasting, or distributing moving visual images on magnetic tape or (in later use) in a digital format.
109 View Infrastructure Refers to the underlying foundation or basic framework of a system or organization, especially the services and facilities which are an integral part of the life in an urban community. fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or other areas
110 View Public policy Governing principles that serve as guidelines for decision-making and action as embodied in legislative and judicial enactments.
111 View Governance all of the processes of governing, whether undertaken by a government, market or network, whether over a family, tribe, formal or informal organization or territory and whether through the laws, norms, power or language of an organized society
112 View Cultural heritage The belief systems, values, philosophical systems, knowledge, behaviors, customs, arts, history, experience, languages, social relationships, institutions, and material goods and creations belonging to a group of people and transmitted from one generation to another. The group of people or society may be bound together by race, age, ethnicity, language, national origin, religion, or other social categories or groupings.
113 View Intangible cultural heritage Practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage.
114 View Historic urban landscape The urban area understood as the result of a historic layering of cultural and natural values and attributes, extending beyond the notion of “historic center” or “ensemble” to include the broader urban context and its geographical setting, including social and cultural practices and values, economic processes, and the intangible dimensions of heritage as related to diversity and identity. The recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape was adopted on 10 November 2011 by UNESCO’s General Conference.
115 View Living heritage Heritage characterized by the continuity of the original function or the purpose for which it was originally established. Such heritage maintains the continuity of community connections, continues to evolve in the form of tangible and intangible expressions, and taken care through traditional or established means.
116 View Tangible cultural heritage Physical artifacts transmitted intergenerationally in a society and invested with significance in that society.
117 View Industrial heritage The remains of industrial culture which are of historical, technological, social, architectural or scientific value. These remains consist of buildings and machinery, workshops, mills and factories, mines and sites for processing and refining, warehouses and stores, places where energy is generated, transmitted and used, transport and all its infrastructure, as well as places used for social activities related to industry such as housing, religious worship or education.
118 View Architectural heritage Built works transmitted inter-generationally within a society and that are invested with significance in that society.