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Terminology Management

Whenever terminologies need to be treated in a systematic way, such as to ensure clear and reliable communication or to establish consistent conventions for terminology use in an organization, terminology management provides the methods and tools to create, maintain and use terminological data most efficiently and effectively.

In a narrow sense, Terminology Management only means terminology work using a terminology management system for a given purpose.

In a broader sense, Terminology Management also comprises strategic aspects of Terminology Planning often in conjunction with corporate language and corporate identity of an organization.

Generally speaking Terminology Management is based on a number of assumptions relating to science theory and cognitive sciences:

Human thinking is fundamentally conceptual and constantly processes information on objects, the way they are perceived, and on the representations of these perceptions. The time-honoured “semantic triangle” tries to come to grips with these mental processes:

» objects
→“things” of the real world, such as organisms, creatures, events, processes, natural phenomena, etc. or
→conceived objects

» concepts
→mental abstractions corresponding to objects

» representations
verbal and non-verbal conventional symbols such as
terms or other kinds of designations for denoting concepts
definitions or other kinds of explanations for describing concepts
non-verbal representations, such as graphical symbols, pictures, diagrams, sounds, motions, etc.

There are many best practices in terminology management, not only the one and only one correct way to do, because terminology management may have different foci, general aims and priorities. Many of the general principles and methods of terminology management are standardized by ISO/TC 37.

Last update: 2013-04-29

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