n. ~ IP2 · A real or abstract thing.
In this work, 'entity' is an umbrella term that encompasses individuals, organizations, collaborations, and systems.
- IP2 Dictionary (†242 s.v. entity): n., A real or abstract thing. [Archives] n., In Geographic Information Systems, a thing that exists such as a building or a lake, which is distinguishable from another entity, cannot be divided into two or more similar entities, and about which information can be stored, possibly in terms of attributes, position, shape, and relationships. An entity class is a specified group of entities. [Sciences] n., In programming, any item, such as a data item or statement, that can be named or denoted in a program. [Computer and Information Sciences]
- IP2 Glossary (†386 s.v. entity): n., A real or abstract thing. [Archives - Preservation of the Integrity of Electronic Records , Page: 159 ]
- Wikipedia (†387 s.v. entity): Something that exists in itself, actually or potentially, concretely or abstractly, physically or not. It need not be of material existence. In particular, abstractions and legal fictions are usually regarded as entities. In general, there is also no presumption that an entity is animate.