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)
versions of the records of selected
projects (currently MeSH Termbase, EDiCT and IATE-CvT) are stored in the
and can be queried by a search engine
optimized by icto,
the University's Educational Technology
GenTerm on Minerva
University's online learning platform Minerva has an
elaborate GenTerm-site with detailed information for students and staff who
co-operate in GenTerm projects.