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DIN Standards Committee Terminology

About NAT

One of DIN's most important tasks is standardizing German technical language. Each standards committee is responsible for the terminology in its own field(s). DIN‘s Standards Committee Terminology, however, defines the principles of and methods for the terminology work of all the other committees. Important principles of our work are:

  • Avoiding misunderstandings by ensuring clarity
  • Systematizing terminology work
  • Creating transparency

Other areas we cover are:

  • Preparing specialised dictionaries
  • Computer applications for terminology work and lexicography
  • The use of terminology databases and special translation and interpreting software

In today’s globalized world multilingual terminology work is gaining importance, as it is essential for the quality assessment of technical translation and interpreting. Furthermore, the number of IT tools for translation and interpreting continues to grow. The principles of terminology work need to be incorporated into these software tools in order for them to be useful. This area now lies within the scope of NAT’s work.
Standards that are practically oriented are needed to increase transparency for contract partners in translation and interpreting. These standards lay down requirements and processes for translation and interpreting services.
NAT has regular contact with other terminology organizations in Germany (e.g. and, with whom we share the common goal of promoting the German technical language in the context of a globalized market.

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New projects
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ISO/AWI 17651-4 2024-01-22 Simultaneous interpreting - Interpreters' working environment - Part 4: Requirements and recommendations for signed language interpreting More  Comment 
ISO/PWI TR 18398 2023-12-22 Management of terminology resources - Data categories and microcontent entities More  Comment 
ISO/AWI 18587 2023-10-30 Translation services - Post-editing of machine translation output - Requirements More  Comment 

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Current Draft Standards
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DIN ISO 20539 2024-03 Translation, interpreting and related technology - Vocabulary (ISO 20539:2023); Text in German and English More  Read draft and comment

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DIN ISO 24495-1 2024-03 Standard Plain language - Part 1: Governing principles and guidelines (ISO 24495-1:2023) More  Order from Beuth Verlag
ISO 5060 2024-02 Standard Translation services - Evaluation of translation output - General guidance More  Order from Beuth Verlag
ISO 17651-2 2024-01 Standard Simultaneous interpreting - Interpreters' working environment - Part 2: Requirements and recommendations for mobile booths More  Order from Beuth Verlag

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