Why Terminology?

In today’s information and knowledge societies, specialized knowledge keeps growing and thus the volume of technical concepts and terms, i.e. terminologies.

Terminology plays a crucial role whenever specialized information or knowledge is

  • created (e.g. in research and development),
  • communicated (e.g. in the medical or economic area), 
  • processed, recorded and maintained (e.g. in databases), 
  • transferred (e.g. through teaching and training),
  • accessed (e.g. supported by indexing, using browsers in the Internet, etc.).

Terminology is

  • essential for precise and efficient communication across language and cultural barriers,
  • a prerequisite for translators, interpreters and localizers,
  • indispensable for accessing information in databases or other resources,
  • a crucial component in virtually all standardization and harmonization activities.

Terminology management has become an integral part of business processes aiming at increasing productivity, quality of products and services and user satisfaction.

See also What is Terminology? at the Terminology Information Policy, Portal and Service (TIIPS).

See also the Flyer T.E.R.M.I.N.O.L.O.G.Y.

Last update: 2018-07-17

© 2021 Infoterm, Esterhazygasse 11a/2-3, 1060 Vienna, Austria, Tel.: +43 664 73131771