Terminology

Short Description

A terminology is a set of words and phrases (terms) that are used within some scope for reasoning and communicating about specific topics. To limit the probability of misunderstandings between parties as they reason or communicate with each other, each of these terms is associated with a definition within that scope.

A terminology may be viewed as a topic-specific subset of the scope's vocabulary.

A terminology may conveniently be documented in a glossary.

Purpose

In order for parties to properly reason and/or communicate ideas (concepts) about some topic - in particular when it is a specialist topic - they have to establish a set of terms, the meaning of which should be defined in such a way that the likelihood of misunderstandings between them is minimized: a **terminology**

Criteria

A terminology is a set of terms that are used within some scope by parties to reason and communicate about some specific topic(s) for the purpose of reducing the likelihood of misunderstandings.

Examples

  • The set of words listed in the eSSIF-Lab glossary are used within the eSSIF-Lab community for reasoning and communicating about topics that serve the eSSIF-Lab Objectives, which is part of the eSSIF-Lab terminology.
  • The set of words listed in the Sovrin glossary are used within the Sovrin Governance Framework and its Controlled Documents to understand the meaning of the terms that the authors intended to convey. Thus they comprise the Sovrin terminology.