Terminology work most often has typical characteristics of a project: it has clear objectives, a specified timetable and limited resources. Moreover, it is not rare that a glossary project is part of a broader project that aims to develop a digital service or prepare a reform of legislation. The Finnish Terminology Centre has a wide experience in carrying out different types of glossary projects, so we can help you to select suitable working methods and implement a project.
In a terminology project, the Terminology Centre has the role of an impartial expert in terminology. The level in which the Terminology Centre takes part in a terminology project may be agreed to with the client according to the client's needs. If it is sufficient that the Terminology Centre participates on a rather superficial level, we may, for example, only comment on a glossary compiled by the client itself. On the other hand, it may be agreed that the Terminology Centre assumes the overall responsibility for a project, making sure the work is carried out with the level of thoroughness necessary and is finished in time. It is worth noting, however, that the Terminology Centre is not able to produce sets of terminology on its own, but needs to cooperate with experts in the subject field in question to accomplish its work (see Participants in terminology work).
When planning or initiating a terminology project, please feel free to contact the Terminology Centre. We will be happy to prepare a project plan for you and submit a tender, taking into account the criteria you have set for your project. In our project plans, we also specify the responsibilities of the different participant organisations, and clarify other practical issues.
For more information on terminology work, please see the section Terminology work and ontology work.
During decades, the Terminology Centre has participated in many kinds of terminology projects. For examples of our project results, please see the list of publications.