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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 TR 24633-3 2021-12-07 Management of terminology resources - Companion to TermBase eXchange (TBX) - Part 3: RDF representation for TBX core More  Comment 
ISO/DIS 12199 2021-11-12 Alphabetical ordering of multilingual terminological and lexicographical data represented in the Latin alphabet More  Comment 
DIN ISO 13611 2021-11-11 Interpreting services - Community interpreting - Requirements and recommendations More  Comment 

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Current Draft Standards
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DIN ISO 21998 2022-01 Interpreting services - Healthcare interpreting - Requirements and recommendations (ISO 21998:2020); Text in German and English More  Read draft and comment

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New publications
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ISO 23155 2022-01 Standard Interpreting services - Conference interpreting - Requirements and recommendations More  Order from Beuth Verlag
ISO 24623-2 2021-12 Standard Language resource management - Corpus query lingua franca (CQLF) - Part 2: Ontology More  Order from Beuth Verlag
DIN 8578 2021-11 Standard Consecutive distance interpreting - Requirements and recommendations More  Order from Beuth Verlag

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