Medical translators, device and pharmaceutical companies, and in-country reviewers all agree: Terminology management is critical to medical translations. Unfortunately, few clients or medical translation providers are willing to foot the bill for a professional terminology management system.
We have reported previously on approaches to building robust, low-cost terminology management systems. But while spreadsheets are well suited for glossaries (they're wide-spread, low-cost, easy to use), they require the same, if not more, robust approach to terminology management as a dedicated system.
Five principles of terminology management in the current issue of tcworld recommends the following five principles for organizing terminology in a spreadsheet:
- concept orientation
- elementary nature
- autonomy of terms
- few mandatory fields
After you have had a chance to digest the tcworld article, take a look at the following too:
- Why Terminology Management Plays a Critical Role in International Launches
- Deutscher Terminologie-Tag (German terminology association)
- Terminology management at Medtronic
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