GenTerm is the name used for the method applied within the faculty’s Terminology Centre (CvT) to record and store terminographical data. The name is based on the elements “Gent” (=Ghent) and “term (base)”.

The GenTerm method involves the use of a uniform electronic record with a large number of fields. The method is concept-oriented, which means that all the data relative to the same concept are united in one term record.

The term records respect ISO standard ISO/TC 37/SC 2. Conversion to TBX (TermBase Exchange ISO 30042:2008) is possible via two intermediate steps and requires re-naming of some field labels.

References to sources quoted in the term records refer to separate bibliographical records. The terminographer’s personal codes in the term records are expanded in an author’s record.


In the early days the CvT’s records were drawn up and stored in the askSam format. It soon became clear that students struggled with the unfamiliar program. This led to the decision (in the early 90ies) to replace the askSam records with Word templates designed so that they can easily be converted to the Multiterm mtw-format. The mtw-files can subsequently be converted to the more recent Multiterm formats and to tbx.


GenTerm termbase (intranet)

Validated versions of the records of selected projects (currently MeSH Termbase, EDiCT and IATE-CvT) are stored on the intranet ( and can be queried by a search engine optimized by icto, the University’s Educational Technology unit.


GenTerm on Minerva

The University’s online learning platform Minerva has an elaborate GenTerm-site with detailed information for students and staff who co-operate in GenTerm projects.