The European Association for Terminology (EAFT)


It was 18 years ago that a consortium of 40 major stakeholders in the European terminology field carried out the work that lead to the creation of the EAFT. Their goal was “to create a set of concrete recommendations for activities leading to a co-ordinated but flexible terminology infrastructure for Europe”. It was called the POINTER project, which stands for “Proposals for an Operational Infrastructure for Terminology in Europe”. One year later, in 1996, one of those recommendations called for the creation of the EAFT “as a non-profit professional association for terminologists in Europe. […] At first, the grouping should be loose and relatively unstructured, but it should aim in the long term to become a true professional association…”1

And, indeed, it has become a true professional association. Nineteen years later, the accomplishments of the EAFT in the promotion of the terminology profession have been outstanding not only in Europe but also outside its multicultural borders (It has established co-operation agreements with institutions such as Realiter, the Pan-Latin terminology network). It has developed activities in the form of workshops, symposiums, summits, seminars and conferences. Their first terminological summit took place in Brussels in June 2002 when they presented the “Brussels Declaration for International Cooperation on Terminology”,2 which includes 13 different actions to promote special language communication. Currently the Declaration is available in 20 languages. You can read the English version here.

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From the terminologist toolbox: Rafael Guzman’s “T-Manager”

TManagerA few weeks ago, translator Nancy Matis (@nancy_matis) sent me an email asking if I knew about this terminology tool. Indeed, I actually didn’t have it among my terminology tools but I did find it in Maria Pia Montoro’s blog, Wordlo. (By the way, if you haven’t visited, Maria Pia has a complete list of Terminology Management Systems and Free Online Terminology Tools and Extractors –a much more comprehensive list that the one I have in my blog.)

Anyway, I have been reading about this tool and Rafael Guzman, it’s developer, sent me some additional information that you might also find informative and useful.

T-Manager doesn’t need any installation, as it is embedded in an Excel workbook. You can download it for free in his webpage. Once you download it there’s a tab called “ReadMe” which contains important information. He has also added online demos and case studies that he updates from time to time. Read More

Linked Data: Connecting the terminology dots

Linked Data: Connecting the terminology dots

Last Saturday Rodolfo Maslias (TermCoord) shared in Twitter his post titled “One big cloud: All Terminology – All Languages”,1 a recount of the Datathon 2015 (Spain), in which he was a keynote speaker. The event was the first Datathon on Linked Data applied to Linguistics and it was offered in the form of a “summer school”, allowing participants (linguists and engineers) “to migrate their own (or other’s) linguistic data and publish them as Linked Data on the Web” or, in Rodolfo’s words, “to link terminology data in one multilingual cloud covering all domains of institutional, academic and industrial activity”.

In his post, Rodolfo gives an overview of the rationale behind the need to link data on the web: The large amount of information from business and academia that is being shared in the web needs to be interconnected in “one unique terminology cloud”. The methods being used to gather that information get rid of duplicates that are unavoidably created then those resources are brought together to the same space and to make data interoperable.

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Link to’s Top 25 list

In the excitement and the rush of writing my previous post, I forgot to add the link.


In My Own Terms voted 5th best blog by

celebrateI was hoping to make the 25 list, and today I woke up to tweets by Licia Corbolante and Maria Pia Montoro saying that I made it to the top 10 and In My Own Terms is the 5th Top Language Professional blog!

Thanks to you, my dear friends, this is possible. I’m grateful to you for your support and your enthusiasm.

Licia’s blog terminologia etc made it to the 6th place. It’s the first time that two blogs on terminology make it to the top 10 list!

Special thanks to Rodolfo Maslias and TermCoord staff too.

Thank you, Gracias, Merci, Obrigada! Let the celebration start! 

Elevator Speech for Terminology

elevator speechHow many times have you had to explain why managing terminology is important? Probably more than you would want. The arguments could be convincing to some people, not to some other, especially if you have to ask for money!

First of all, what is an elevator speech or pitch? It´s a short explanation of a service or product to convince someone of its value, and it comes from the idea that you should be able to explain it in the short amount of time that an elevator ride takes. You have only 30 seconds, which is equivalent to about 80 words or 8 to 10 sentences.

Can we come up with a convincing elevator speech for terminology? I would like to hear your ideas or proposals of an elevator speech. How can you convince or at least pique someone’s interest to learn more? Read More

Who’s Who in Terminology: Ingrid Meyer (1957-2004)

whoiswho2A renowned lexicographer and terminologist, Ingrid Meyer held a BA in French and German from McMaster University (Canada), an MA in Translation and a PhD in Linguistics, both from the University of Montreal (Canada). She worked as a professor at the School of Translation and Interpretation at the University of Ottawa (Canada), a position that she held from 1983 until the time of her death.

She worked primarily at the intersection of language and computing. Some of Ingrid’s most notable achievements include her pioneering research into the development of terminological knowledge bases and a variety of corpus-based studies, including investigations of terminological metaphor, de-terminologization, phraseology and the identification of knowledge-rich contexts via lexical patterns. Read More

Sunday, 14 June: Last day to vote for In My Own Terms!

nervous2Hello, dear friends.

I haven’t been very active lately, due to work overload, but I will be soon. So, in the meantime, if you haven’t done so yet, please vote for my blog. Tomorrow, Sunday, 14th is the last day to vote. You can only vote once but you can do it from different computers and connected to different wifis.

So, let’s see how we do. Results will be published this coming Wednesday, June 17!

Here’s the link: Language Professional Blogs 2015

Thank you!



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Terminology fun with Google Fight

Igoogle fightf you haven’t heard about Google Fight then you are missing the fun of comparing two words or terms and see which one is the most popular in Google, that is, which one is more frequently used.

Although this is just to have fun, it can come in handy when you are writing or trying to decide which word or term to use. Take for example “term base” or “termbase”: you get 15.400 results for the first one and 6,680 for the second one (Put them between quotes, otherwise you won’t get exact results).

Terminology versus Terminography? 6.910.000 results versus 1.700 results.

Give it a try!

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An infographic, an article and two videos: New terminological resources

terminology resourcesI’m always so happy to find new resources for my blog, because I can share it with you and expand my resource lists so that you can always come back to them when you need them. This time they came in the form of an infographic, an article and two videos. Read More

You can only vote for my blog once

I wanted to let you know that I wrote to the organizers of the contest to clarify how many times you can vote for a blog and they have informed me today that you can only vote ONCE. Actually, they were going to change the wording of their rules because it was a bit confusing.

So, if you haven’t voted yet, please do so and share the link with friends and colleagues. I really appreciate your vote. The contest will close on June 14.

Best regards and thank you!

Who is Who in Terminology Dmitrij Semënovič Lotte (1898-1950)

Two major developments in the former Soviet Union gave rise to the Russian School of Terminology: scientific and technological progress (and, consequently, little exchange with other countries) and multilingualism. Dmitrij Lotte, the main proponent and an engineer just like Wüster and Drezen (the so-called “spiritual fathers of modern terminology”), recognized that there was a void in technical communication among specialists that needed to be filled through the standardization of terms and concepts.

Lotte was an official of the Committee for the Standardization of Terminologies in the Institute for Standardization of the Council of Ministers in the USSR and a member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. In 1931, he published an article entitled “Pressing Problems in the Field of Scientific and Technical Terminology”, the same year that Wüster published his doctoral dissertation “Linguistic Standardization in Technics” which gave rise to the General Theory of Terminology (GTT) – two separate events that took place without them even knowing it!

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Workshop I: Methodology for Terminology Work (UPF)

pompeuThe Methodology for Terminology Work (3rd edition in English) will start on 2nd September. This course is the third module of the Master online in Terminology offered by IULATERM group, from the Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada (University Institute of Applied Linguistics) of Pompeu Fabra University.

This workshop focuses on the most typical terminology work: terminographical work. It involves carrying out a terminological project, within the setting of the Communicative Theory of Terminology (CTT), respecting the principle of adequacy, according to which, terminological work must cover the professional needs that have given rise to it and the functions for which it will be used. To this end, all the phases of carrying out terminographical work will be studied through a series of exercises.

The course materials have been developed by the IULATERM group. All teaching staff have extensive academic and professional experience in this area. The program is taught in English. However, the knowledge and skills can be used for any other language in the world.

This course is one of a range of UPF Terminology programs, offering comprehensive professional training in the field and equipping students with the tools needed to carry out terminology work in various professional scenarios. Various programs together can be used to reach the qualification of Master online in Terminology.

Course dates: 2nd September – 3rd November
ECTS credits: 10

For further information and registration please visit:

Note: The above information was copied textually from an email received from M.T. Cabré, Director of the Master online in Terminology. For more information write to

Terminology in The Global English Style Guide: A book recommendation

global english style guideFirst, a disclaimer. I’m recommending this book because I believe it’s a great guide. I don’t know the author or have any contact with him and I’m not receiving any monetary or other kind of compensation by recommending this book. My blog is educational and its goal is to share information that I consider useful.

Trying to go back slowly to posting in my blog, I wanted to share this little jewel that I found when I attended a webinar on terminology (more about it later). They recommended The Global English Style Guide: Writing Clear, Translatable Documentation for a Global Market by John R. Kohl.

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Great news! My blog has been nominated!

babla2UPDATE: You can only vote once, but you can do it from different devices and using different wifi services!

I know you hadn’t heard from me for a while, but I was studying in preparation for the ECQA Advanced TM examination by TermNet, which I am happy to report I passed today! Yay! I feel bad because I know that I abandoned my blog since I came back from Luxembourg, so today a new phase starts.

And what better way to celebrate it than telling you that my blog has been nominated again this year for’s contest of Language Professional blogs! So, make sure you vote as often as you can and share it with colleagues and friends by email or social media. Last year when my blog was nominated it was just a few months old, but maybe this year we can try to be in the top 25 list! I know it’s hard because there are many translation blogs out there that have have more experience, but you never know! Maybe being a blog on terminology will give me a head start!

This is the link to vote:

You can start voting today, every day, as many times you want, until June 14.

I want to take this opportunity to give a warm welcome to my newest subscribers and thank you all for keeping this blog alive with your support. I will start posting again soon too, so hang in there, stayed tuned and share the terminology love!