The UIS Glossary includes statistical terms related to education, science, technology and innovation, culture, and communication & information . Some of the entries contain translations in one or more of the following languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish. Other entries provide more detailed information, such as definitions, calculation formulas for indicators and sources. Indicators are marked with an asterisk (*).

This is a dynamic tool, which is regularly updated by the UIS. The Institute welcomes feedback from users. Questions and comments should be sent to
Browse by letter
Search by word
  • Language
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Chinese
Browse by tag
Show all terms on one page


Non-fictional work, which generally deals with factual events or attempts to inform the spectator about a reality.


Film qui présente généralement des événements factuels ou souhaitant informer les spectateurs d’une certaine réalité.


Trabajo no ficticio en general, expone eventos reales o intenta informar al espectador sobre alguna situación verídica.