In this article, we will discuss why terminological resources - as repositories of specialised vocabularies that represent our prototypical and dynamic understanding of the world - should be dynamic as well. This insight has an impact on the practical task of compiling and managing terminological resources. Dynamicity is an ambiguous term that can refer to different properties of terminological resources. For instance, it can be used to express the ability to present terminological data in different ways, customized to specific user needs. It can also refer to terminological resources that are constantly updated in order to reflect the many conceptual and terminological changes in a domain, resulting from technological innovations, new discoveries or insights, etc. In the process of developing dynamic terminological resources, the ability to deal with different types of variation is of key importance. In this article, we will deal with both lexical variation (i.e. the fact that several terms may express a similar idea) and semantic variation (i.e. meaning differences between terms, synonyms and translation equivalents). We will focus on the PoCeHRMOM project in which a dynamic terminological resource of competency-based occupation profiles is developed for Flemish small and medium-sized enterprises. We will explain how different types of variation in occupation profiles are 'managed' and represented, using our own terminology management practices and tools.
|Published - 2012