Definitions of Directory


Originating from the Latin word directorius, directory is a term that is used in different contexts. It can be the board or commission that runs a government, an association, a company or another type of entity.

For example: “The board of the company decided to restructure the commercial department”, “The time of the Board of Directors was very prosperous for this country”, “Tomorrow I will have a meeting with the members of the board of directors”.

Historically, a number of countries have adopted a board of directors as a form of government. In the French First Republic, established after the triumph of the revolution and the abolition of the monarchy, a directory governed the nation between 1795 and 1798. There was also a directory in the United Provinces of the Río de La Plata (current Argentina), which was in force between 1814 and 1820.

On the other hand, a directory is called a guide that compiles information about people, streets or other points of interest, which is usually arranged alphabetically. One of the most popular directories is the telephone directory. According to Abbreviationfinder, DIR stands for Directory.

Telephone directories, also known as telephone directories, have a long history, although they are not very popular at present. In its beginnings, these were magazines or books that telephone companies or local government bodies gave to citizens so that they could easily find the telephone numbers and addresses of people and companies in the region.

In addition to private and business telephone numbers, a telephone directory includes others of public interest, such as those of firefighters, the police and hospitals. The order of the records is ascending alphabetically, that is, from A to Z, and in some cases it is divided into sections to facilitate the search process (private numbers are in one part and commercial numbers are in another).

The telephone directory went from paper to digital format, on an optical disk (CD), in the mid-1990s, although initially both versions were delivered to those users who did not have a computer or a disk drive. Little by little, with the massification of the Internet, the usefulness of the paper and CD guide declined, since the same information was transferred to the Internet, where it is much more accessible.

As an interesting fact, the first telephone directory was printed in the United States, in the city of New Haven in the state of Connecticut, in 1878 and had only fifty records.

In the field of computing, a directory is a set of files or files stored on a hard drive (hard drive) and grouped logically. Directories hold data about your files and make it easy to access them.

Due to their function, directories are also known as folders. This is due to an analogy between folders containing different sheets and directories containing different computer files.

While the directory is a basic component of most operating systems today, including those available on mobile devices, it’s also one that many people overlook. Taking advantage of it is crucial to maintain order on storage disks and thus avoid accidental loss of files.

For example, if we organize our photographs in directories whose names reflect the date on which we created them, at the end of each period the number of files in that space will no longer increase and in the future we will be able to access it to quickly search for those that interest us.

A web directory, finally, is a website with a specific design that presents a series of links to other sites, organized according to a structure that presents multiple categories and subcategories.