New IMOT Facebook pic!

DEFINITIVO 2 (1)I know some of you don’t have Facebook. You are missing on a lot! But, hey, I understand the issues with Facebook, so I wanted to share this illustration that, Adriana, a young artist from Barcelona ( did for my page.

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Featuring IMOToolBox: UNTERM database

unFollowing up on my blog post on UNOGTerm, you should know that in April 2013 the UN started consolidating the multilingual terminology databases from several of its bodies (in its 6 official languages). This is why if you make terminology searches you might find duplicates. But, don’t worry, they are working on this issue. The good thing is that you can search in all of their databases at once: UNHQ, ESCWATERM, VINTARS, ECLAC, UNOG, and UNONTERM. I guess we couldn’t ask for more! Of course, you can refine your searches in many ways (such as search only for acronyms), as well as choose only one database, (or 2, or 3…) or go by Domain or Subject. Make sure you go to their FAQ page to learn how to use it and make better use of it! Useful tip: Go to the Settings button to choose your languages. Happy searching!

My SmarTerms 8: The Synchronic and Diachronic approaches of terminology

Sand-Clock--29774The General Theory of Terminology (also known as the Traditional Theory) proposes as one of its approaches to terminology work that terms and concepts should be studied synchronically, that is, analyzed in one period in time, usually the present, without taking their history into account, while the diachronic approach studies the historical development and evolution of language. Read More

Featured IMOToolBox: UNOGTerm

Geneva UNUNOGTerm is the terminological database of the United Nations Office at Geneva containing more than 80.000 records in the six UN official languages (EN, FR, SP, RU, CH, AR). It was compiled from the many and diverse glossaries developed over the years by UNOG terminologists, to assist UN translators and other language staff in their work. It allows fuzzy searches (finds approximate matches), searches by descriptive fields, by subject/country, and by domains. Domains include, among others, Administration, Agriculture, Education, Energy, Environment, Finance and Economics, Health, Human Rights, IT, Law, Trade, and Transport. The UN has other terminology resources that I will describe in separate posts.

Coming up this week in my blog!

  1. The synchronic and diachronic approaches in terminology. An overview of the two perspectives.
  2. Terminology Theory in Easy-to-Swallow Pills: Answering short and to-the-point questions on what the theories say and their criticism and praise. Not an easy endeavor!
  3. The terminologist’s ToolBox: A new series of blog posts in which I talk about a specific tool or resource taken from my TermFinder section, since this has been a very popular section in my blog frequently visited by translators and frequently retweeted.
  4. Probably not this week, but another interview is in the works!

Don’t forget to follow my new Facebook account and share! I will be sharing my blog posts but also commenting on other terminological and non-terminological issues, since I don’t want to overwhelm readers who have in a couple of days reached 108! I will be sharing annotated posts from other terminology bloggers, sharing art stuff from artists that I enjoy, etc. I have created  IMOT terms for the different things I’ll be sharing. Take a look:

IMOTip: A piece of advice or information taken from my blog or blogger
IMOTweet: An interesting tweet shared from my Twitter feed
IMOTweep: A reference to one of my Twitter tweeps
IMOTwin: Post about or from another peer blogger on terminology
IMOTimeOut: Comments on non-terminological issues to take a break
IMOToolBox: A tool or resource from my blog or the web briefly explained
IMOTroupe: My IMOT Facebook followers who travel with me in this learning journey

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In My Own Terms goes to Facebook!

facebook_like_button_blue-625x1000It was about time! Because you asked for it! And the long Thanksgiving weekend was just the right time to do it.

So, Here… It… Is…!!!

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Have a “Pura Vida” Thanksgiving

pura-vidaBeing a Costa Rican living in Washington, D.C., I had to celebrate this beautiful North American tradition, Thanksgiving Day, by saying on to you “¡Pura Vida!”, a term we use in my country to refer to basically everything that is good or nice: Have a “Pura Vida” day; You are “Pura Vida”; How are you today? “¡Pura Vida!”; Would you do me this favor? “Pura Vida”; or just a simple greeting when we see each other on the street: “¿Pura Vida?” Sí, “Pura Vida”. (No wonder Costa Rica has been ranked many times as the happiest country in the world!) But it’s also nice to be living in the U.S. because I get to celebrate Thanksgiving, a lovely tradition that I believe all countries should have, to get family and friends together to say thanks.

So on this Thanksgiving Day, know that I’m thankful to you, dear followers, wherever you are, for having the opportunity to reach out to you and say “¡Pura Vida!”.

Terminology Talk with Gabriele Sauberer, Director–International Network for Terminology (TermNet)

sauberer_300x171A pioneer in the field of professional preparation and management of EU funded projects, she successfully manages the International Network for Terminology since 2002. For the European Commission she acted as consultant to European eContent and 6th Framework Programmes and for the Austrian Standards Institute she is active in several committees as expert in terminology, translation and diversity management. She designed and performed many projects at European, regional, national and international level and developed trainings and seminars with focus on European and International topics. From 2007 to 2010, she was teaching project management, intercultural communication and diversity management at the Centre for Translation Studies of the University of Vienna. Certified quality auditor, EN 15038 lead auditor and expert in several standardization committees, such as Terminology, Translation, Human Resources, Diversity management, Corporate Social Responsibility.

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NYU’s Introduction to CAT and Terminology Management course

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Always on the lookout for training opportunities for my readers. This is the latest find thanks to a Twitter follower! And going directly to my Training section for your future reference.

The School of Professional Studies of the University of New York will be offering a course on CAT tools and Terminology Management starting next February 17 and ending May 2.

The course will cover, among others, internationalization issues, handling file formats and building concept-oriented terminology lists. The course will be online and self-paced, and will count as a core course toward the online Certificate in Translation for all language pairs (see list here). Cost: US$695. Please note that website registration is not available and you will need to call them directly at 1+(212) 998-7150.



My Termbase Cheat Sheet

cheatingLearning the Do’s and Don’ts of termbase creation is not always easy, especially because there are so many little details that may escape your attention in your busy daily life. So what better way to make sure you have a reliable and clean termbase than having a Cheat Sheet?

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Termontography… What?

how-to-draw-dinosaurs-133It would almost seem like a word taken from a paleontology dictionary for most of us. So I present to you: Termontography!

Termontography is a hybrid term from Terminology, Ontology (the study of the categories of things that exist or may exist in some domain), and Terminography (the compiling of collections of the vocabulary of special languages). Read More

The Lifecycle of Terminology Projects

projectmanagementprocessgroupsThere are many useful components, tools, and processes involved in PM in order to manage a project successfully, from getting to know your stakeholders to managing time and costs and developing soft skills. So it is not surprising that new processes and tools are created as people learn and obtain experience. That is why, if you go to the leader in PM training—the PMBOK Guide—it is not surprising that their latest 5th Edition has added more processes to their lifecycle. But where am I heading to? Read More