Subject Fields in Termbases - Their Design, Use and Representation

Kara Warburton

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Subject fields play an essential role in terminological resources by allowing for the creation of semantically-based subdivisions in addition to acting as a conceptual boundary for the principle of univocity. However, due to the lack of guidelines and standards, their application in termbases risks being ad-hoc, which reduces their effectiveness in achieving these goals. ISO TC/37 has published a technical specification (TS) aimed to increase the rigour of subject-field use and the interoperability of the data. This paper describes some issues and challenges relating to subject-fields in termbases and how the TS may resolve them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - 2022
Event1st International Conference on Multilingual Terminology Today, MDTT 2022 - Padua, Italy
Duration: Jun 16 2022Jun 17 2022


  • TBX
  • Terminology
  • domains
  • subject fields

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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