The purpose of global terminology management is to control the way core intellectual property assets such as brand names are communicated around the world. It is a prerequisite for efficient outsourcing of, for example, content creation and translation/localization management. Current developments in machine translation and “crowd sourcing” further testify to the importance of terminology management.
Some of the steps involved in the setup and function of a terminology management solution involve:
- Term database management: Defining purposes, uses and users of the term database
- Outlining data architecture/infrastructure and integration with other systems
- Who is authorized to do what (on an ongoing basis)
- Which terms and concepts actually require standardization (continuous with input from corporate/division and regional/local levels)
- Development of linguistic guidelines including foreign language translation and dictionary management (continuous)
- Document translation, including glossary management and translation management
- Branding and immaterial-rights issues (continuous with input from corporate/division and regional/local levels)
- Validation work (after a centralized decision, typically at regional/local levels)
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