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The best time of the year

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It is that time of the year again. No, I am not talking about Christmas or New Year.  Although I admit, we at TermNet tend to measure the year by TSS. Yes, exactly as I say! Our annual International Terminology Summer School (a.k.a. TSS) in July for us marks the end of one year and the beginning of a new one.

It is felt by the growing excitement of everybody involved, the last adjustments and preparations, the frantic worries that despite all careful preparation something unforeseen might happen that threatens the smooth running. And then there is the anticipation of meeting all the lovely participants (we always feel like we know them already a bit from all the correspondence over the last months and weeks).

This year our TSS enters her 30th year. But admittedly, our annals are a bit patchy, especially when it comes to records of all the earliest Summer Schools some time in the 1980s. So it is give or take a year or two when there was no TSS inbetween. We don’t remember. We don’t really care either.

Let us assume it is indeed 30 years. Wow! Don’t you think? 30 years of training terminologists and related professions is a long time. Some of our recent participants were perhaps not even born then, although it is quite safe to assume that the majority were already :-).

TSS has changed a lot over these years. But, I also dare say it has become even prettier with growing age. She has certainly become more popular as the ever increasing numbers of registrations prove. Some of those who met her once seem not to get enough of her and come back for more. It is nice. Feels a bit like family most of the time. A growing happy diverse amazing family.

And such are the vibes during that special week in July. It is all learning and fun and the spirit of brotherhood across cultures, professions, backgrounds, languages and ages. Another reason why we call it “the time of the year”. It is a special time and hard to describe if you haven’t been there and part of it yet.

And so we look forward to the week from 15-19 July, and we wrap up the final preps and corrections, and we get ready to respond to all the inevitable smaller and (hopefully not!) bigger last minute catastrophes ahead of TSS 2013 in Cologne.

And when all that can be done is done and all last minute correspondence is sent all that is left to do is to hope for the weather to play along as well!

We look forward to meeting you there. This year or maybe the next. But do make sure you do not miss out!

Anja and Blanca on behalf of the entire team

P.S. Visit us on our Website for some photos, the programme and loads of other useful and interesting information

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ECQA Certified Terminology Manager explanier in Webinar hosted by SDL

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Join us in a SDL webinar about the ECQA Certified Terminology Manager training program!

30.04.2012

TermNet member SDL is hosting a webinar about the training and certification program “ECQA Certified Terminology Manager”.

Join us for this webinar and learn more about this innovative and successful program!

Language: German

Date: 10. May 2012
10:00 – 11:00 CETS (Central European Summer Time – Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna)

You can register for this webinar at: http://www.translationzone.com/de/events/translation-agency/may2012/2012-05-10-terminologiemanager-zertifizierung.asp

About ECQA Certified Terminology Manager – Basic

In the globalised knowledge and information societies, specialised language has become a prerequisite of any kind of efficient and effective communication, management and interoperability of technical systems and methodologies. Terminology and terminology management build an integral, high quality and quality-assuring part of the end products, services and tools in the fields of

  • INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION,
  • CLASSIFICATION & CATEGORISATION,
  • TRANSLATION & LOCALISATION.

The new job profile Certified Terminology Manager – Basic combines and bundles the various competences of professionals active in these areas.
ECQA Certified Terminology Manager – Basic is especially suited for professionals who work as

  • INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION PROFESSIONALS:
    ICT experts, information and knowledge managers, etc.
  • EXPERTS IN CLASSIFICATION & CATEGORIZATION:
    e-Business, Semantic Web, libraries and archives, etc.
  • LANGUAGE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS:
    Translators, interpreters, localisers, technical writers, etc.

This certification can be regarded as specialized professional qualification.

For more information about the ECQA Certified Terminology Manager please visit:
http://www.termnet.org/english/products_service/ecqa_ctm-basic/index.php
or contact us termnet@termnet.org

Terminology country report: Turkey

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If you had asked me about terminology in Turkey one year back, I would probably have answered that there is not much going on in this country. It’s true, we have the occasional (however, I must say, very interested) participants at TSS. But else there was not much information coming out of the country that reached me.

But that was before I encountered TermTurk project (www.termturk.net). This project, sponsored by the EU-Turkey Dialog programme, is an eye-opener for me.TermTurk, TSS 2009

What’s it all about? Actually, it is meant as a beginning. A group of people got together to kick-start what they perceived as long overdue – the development of an elaborate and active terminology infrastructure in Turkey.

Surprisingly, there has not been much institutionalised research on terminology. Nor is there something like an information centre where interested groups or individuals can find what they need to know about it. It is surprising, because there is such a strong patronage: Kemal Mustafa Atatürk himself wrote a brochure to introduce Turkish geometry terminology. Atatürk, as we know was very dedicated to language planning in order to promote and facilitate nation-building processes in the new republic. Terminology is even explicitly mentioned in the country’s famous Anıtkabir – his mausoleum and museum in Ankara (something that my colleagues and I still marvel about because it such a pleasant feeling to see terminology being rewarded such public recognition).

So finally, TermTurk should achieve what is still lacking: an information and research centre at Hacettepe University in Ankara, closer ties with internation organizations and activities (e.g. in standardization and reserach), a national terminology policy, and networking, networking, networking of the many different and often isolated initiatives within Turkey.

And TermTurk is doing well in achieving these goals: Turkish standards institute is now actively participating in ISO/TC 37  standardization projects, a series of well-attended trainings, conferences and workshops foster dialogue and knowledge transfer, quality assurance and service certification (LICS) take root, training material is obtained, translated and produced at high speed.

TermTurk as a project will come to an end in November 2009. But the continuation of the achievements is already planned and prepared.

There is much to be expected from Turkey in the next years. And I, for my part, am quite proud to be at the core of the action from the very beginning.

Innovative e-learning: content development of terminology management modules for the automotive industries:

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The ELCAT project  (go to the e-learning programme)

(by Debora Russi, Cologne University of Appl. Sciences)

This project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, aims at developing an e-learning course which offers a user-friendly and sound introduction to basic principles and methods of terminology management.

Since terminology, especially in innovative enterprises, increases ever rapidly due to faster and more complex development cycles as well as growing multilingual markets, its proper and efficient treatment requires increased attention and with it a basic knowledge about the particular terminological principles.

The consistent use of terminology within an enterprise also warrants compliance with quality management principles and is a precondition for cost and labour efficient knowledge management and localization processes.

As terminology creation takes place during all product development cycles it is essential to raise awareness and provide basic knowledge about handling this terminology to all involved subject-field experts and other stakeholders.

The addressed target group will include management, sales and marketing, standardization, product development, technical documentation, terminologists, translators, language service providers, corporate communications.

The course is prepared in cooperation with members from the automotive and IT industry and will be offered in German and English. The resulting e-learning platform is envisaged to provide company employees an effective training opportunity that can be integrated as a qualification module into the normal every-day working processes. Students of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences can use these modules in the course of master’s level classes. After a successful implementation of the project an extension is planned towards further scientific and technical subject-fields.

Depending on further project agreements a future commercial or non-commercial exploitation and marketing for other economic branches and companies as well as institutes of higher education is also envisaged. The project started in July 2008 and will end December 2010.

ELCAT is carried out by Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Project manager is Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dirk Schmitz and project partners include Audi Academy, Volkswagen AG, 2W Technische Informations GmbH, TermNet, SDL Trados, acrolinx, IAI (Institute of the Society for the Promotion of Applied Information Sciences at the Saarland University), University of Vienna, University of Florida, Macquarie University (Sydney).

Want to know more? Please contact Debora Russi (Debora.Russi@fh-koeln.de)

ELCAT online: www.elcat.info

International Terminology Summer School 2009

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We at TermNet and the Cologne University of Applied Sciences are in the final preparations for this year’s TSS (Terminology Summer School). After five years of steeply rising participant numbers we had expected the global economic crisis to slow down participation (we always still expect terminology to be the first item to be cut on the budget list, don’t we?). It is difficult to judge if it actually did, but even if so, with 58 participants we find that many companies and organizations know that an investment in capacity building in terminology management is worth it even in times of recession. Very good! We see this as a positive sign that the importance of communication, information and knowledge. And we will not complain, because it it also tells us as the organizers a thing or two :-). This year will be extra intense as there is a parallel course on terminology and intercultural dialogue organized by a joint project of universities in Turkey, Romania, Austria and Germany (we are involved, of course). And in this course a group of 25 students will also discuss issues that are highly exciting. I will try to report regularly before and then every day during the course about what is happening in Cologne in the week from 6-10 July. It is going to be intense but good!