At the Interim WG2 meeting in Vilamoura, Portugal in November, 2008, it was decided that the Terminology Metamodel may be related to an existing ISO international standard that is being developed. A draft is available at WG2 Metadata Standards .
The Terminology Metadata group is focused on the standards required for describing terminology resources, and should start by developing a working description of Terminology Metadata to guide the scope/focus of the work effort. A description is posed below. Members who have requested a wiki account may edit for clarity or add descriptive information to enhance understanding.
Terminology resources, for our purposes, are used to help in to translate, or convey meaning between parties. According to The Wikipedia definition of terminology , a distinction is made between two types of terminology, which can serve as a basis around which to discuss terminology metamodels and metadata which are of concern for the study period:
Ad hoc terminology is prevalent in the translation profession, where a translation for a specific term (or group of terms) is required quickly to solve a particular translation problem.
Ideally the outcome of a metamodel for terminology resources would be adequate to support either of the above types and would include the following subtypes: taxonomies, formalized ontologies, lists of terms, vocabularies, dictionaries, etc.
For the purpose of this study, Terminology Metadata shall refer to the set of discrete classes and attributes, and relationships between them, that are necessary and sufficient to unambiguously describe the terminology as a whole, not the individual items within the terminology, and to enable registration and discovery of terminologies, as in a Terminology Registry.
[study group members - please describe use cases or examples here, and attach related documents or presentations, or provide links to urls where such information can be found]
At the meeting in Sydney, several potentially related projects were suggested and are listed here. These are for members to research and report back whether artifacts exist that could be helpful to this project:
(Please post additional links and attach related documents or URLs as found.)