What is Terminology?

Terminology is defined as the entirety of all concepts and terms in one specialist field. Therefore, one can equate terminology with specialist vocabulary. Efficient communication with regard to technical language is not possible without the correct use of specialist vocabulary.

Terminology work deals with the preparing, the processing, the documenting and the use of specialist vocabulary; tools like terminology management software support this work. Terminology work is concept-oriented and thus, from a methodical point of view, specially suited to solve multilingual communication tasks. Terminology is, as a general rule, very time consuming and cost intensive. For that reason it is important to work with reliable methods, procedures and tools. A good consultation and education of the terminologists is a necessary precondition.

Access to existing terminology stocks can reduce the expenditure of terminology work. Therefore, a reference list of existing terminology collections would be helpful; in addition to this, processes as well as standardizations for the exchange of terminologic data must be available.