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One more week until TSS 2010

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International Terminology Summer School 2010

Phones ringing, e-mails coming in and going out in an endless stream, last questions answered, last documents prepared and last problems solved – it is just about a week to go before the kick-off of this year’s International Terminology Summer School and the final preparation phase is in full swing. But all is going smoothly and so at the same time we are looking forward to a great event which is a little bit different from those of the last years.

First of all, our Summer School is a Spring School, really. Both the time of the year and the weather in Europe can’t suggest anything else. But it did not keep many the terminologists from attending. Unfortunately we even had to close our doors early in order to keep the number of attendants managable. Still, we will be a large and merry group.

Secondly, TermNet and other project managers responsible for the EQCA Certified Terminology Manager worked like crazy to launch this new and exciting certification during TSS 2010. And TSS 2010 in turn has offered a special deal for all its participants who want to spice up their attendance with a water proof and Europe-wide acknoledged certificate. A small admin fee for the certification body aside the exam will be free of charge.

But “the CTM”, as we affectionately call it by now, is open – and affordable for everybody! Test it and do the Self-Assessment (completely free of charge, of course):

ECQA Certified Terminology Manager Self-Assessment: http://www.ecqa.org/index.php?id=23 (simply sign up and the chose Certified Terminology Manager from the list)

Right after TSS 2010 there will be a series of free workshops organized at the United Nations in Vienna called Diversity and Global Understanding and there was an announcement in this Blog before (check entry). Registration is still possible during next week – go ahead and sign up, it is a great programme. But again, participation is limited. And after that we will all be at the ACUNS Annual Meeting. ACUNS is the Academic Council on the United Nations System and this year’s meeting will be in Vienna – and as new ACUNS members we will not only be there, but also organize a roundtable on Diversity Management, Terminology and the UN. We’ve heard that close to a thousand participants will attend in total and the events will take place at the UN in Vienna, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Vienna. The programme and keynote speakers are first-class at any rate and I, personally, look very much forward to it.

Of course we will (well, nearly :-)) liveblog from TSS to keep you up to date and create a platform for discussion of topics!

Evaluation of terminology implantation made easy

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TERMCAT and the IULATERM research group have developed ESTEN, a tool to follow standardized terminology.

From the TERMCAT Press release:

ESTEN facilitates to create text corpora from website documents or texts belonging to the researcher. It also allows to create subcorpora with monographic criteria (date, subject, document field of origin). Within these corpora, the tool allows to analyze the appearance frequency of a specific form and compare it with matching forms. Moreover, results are offered in graphics that show in contrast the different usage curves of each denomination analyzed.

This kind of search in previously defined corpora offers more reliable results than those that can be obtained from general search engines and, among other uses, it is especially designed to analyze the implantation of standardized terms.

Check out ESTEN: http://esten.iula.upf.edu , create and analyse your corpora

(registration required)

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TERMCAT
www.termcat.cat

Discussion threads for International Terminology Summer School revealed

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These are the 3 main discussion threads that will be discussed and debated during TSS 2009:

1. Tools:
Which CAT tools are good for whom?
What are the best approaches to create a database that follows best practices and is tailored to individual needs?
How can technology make your work-life as easy as possible?
This group can also make use of the computer lab for demonstrations.

2. Skills:
What kind of skills are required of a terminologist?
How do we identify these skills, use and enhance them?
How can one qualify as a terminologist and promote a career in the field?

3. Glossary
How does one create a terminology database or a glossary?
What approaches and tools can be used to analyze corpora and to identify and select “good” terms?
What are the criteria for writing useful and correct definitions or collecting meaningful contexts?
What kinds of organizational approaches do you need to consider in your daily work?
We will follow-up these topics in this blog and hope for many comments. You may also send us questions which we may discuss in the groups.