I'm a software/database developer and struggling to find the correct term for what we are currently referring to in our software as "profile". Of all the definitions I found for the word profile, these two are the closest but still inaccurate for our use:
- a user's summary of their personal details or current situation.
- a record of a person's psychological or behavioral characteristics, preferences, etc.
These seem to relate more directly to people. I'm happy to continue using the term in relation to people, such as Person profile or User profile. However, we are using the term for many more things in our software. Whenever we are editing basic information on an entity in our database we refer to it as "updating the [fill-in-the-blank] profile" (ie. school profile, team profile, game profile, etc.). What's a more appropriate alternative for these types of record keeping chunks of basic data?
Edit: The word record would not be a good fit since we are involved in school sports. (ie. team record would be confusing). The term would preferably be used internally (in code) and also on user-interface screens for editing and viewing.
Update: It was a tough choice between details and info, but we decided to go with details. It seems to have a bit more appeal since it is not a short-form of a word. I also feel it gives a little more attraction for users to click on and pairs nicely with the word view (as in "view details"). The word details also pulled up a whole new set of synonyms that were good candidates. There are two things in computer programming that are generally considered to be the hardest. One of those things is "naming things".