Multilingual Digital Terminology Today
Design, representation formats and management systems

16 - 17 June 2022, Padova, Italy

1st International Conference on
"Multilingual digital terminology today. Design, representation formats and management systems"

Conference theme

The professional responsible for designing and populating terminological resources is the terminographer. Producing new terminological resources requires eclectic research skills. The design and implementation phases involve a thorough preliminary analysis of the information needs of the potential user and an accurate assessment of the structural requirements of the resource. In this context, the first international conference on “Digital terminology today. Design, representation formats and management systems” aims to bring together specialists in the disciplines of terminology, terminography, computational terminology, computational linguistics, NLP, in order to share methodological reflections on design approaches, representation formats and management systems of the digital terminology contained in the terminological resources. In particular, the conference is organized around four main research topics:

  • Topic 1: Analysis of the information needs of the future user of the resource;
  • Topic 2: Assessment of structural design approaches for terminological data collections;
  • Topic 3: Study of terminological metadata and data representation formats;
  • Topic 4: Methods of validating the ergonomics of a resource.

The working languages of the conference are English and French.

Call for Papers


Topics for submissions include but are not limited to

  • Topic 1: The first topic will analyze how much the information needs of the identified user influence the design and implementation of a new terminological resource. In particular, the contributions included in this topic are called to discuss the information needs of users and to present the new terminological tools designed in the following perspectives:
    1. educational, for example resources for the training of translators and/or technical-scientific writers;
    2. professional, for example resources for domain experts (commercial, medical, legal, etc.), for experts in collateral domains and/or for language professionals (translators and interpreters);
    3. informational, for example resources for non-experts to promote understanding of technical terminology.
  • Topic 2: The second topic is devoted to the evaluation of structural resource design approaches. In particular, we want to examine, from an analytical perspective, the models and paradigms for the optimal design of terminological data collections in order to respond to the principles of:
    1. 1) Linguistic Linked Open Data LLOD:
    2. 2) Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, Reusability (FAIR) of the EOSC association:
  • Topic 3: The third topic proposes a reflection on the formats for the optimal representation of terminological data and metadata in the light of the design approach adopted. In particular, the contributions included in this topic are called to present case studies of resources implemented according to the formats TBX (TermBase eXchange), RDF (Resource Description Framework), SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organization System), OWL (Web Ontology Language), etc.
  • Topic 4: The fourth topic aims to create a dialogue between contributions that focus on the validation of the ergonomics of specific terminological resources. In particular, we propose reflections centered on the best display systems for digital terminological data and methods for evaluating the appreciation of the functionalities offered and the efficiency of the resource by the user.


Submissions should be sent to the Organising committee at by 15 October 2021, respecting the following instructions:

Post-Conference Selected Paper Publication

We are glad to announce that we will have a dedicated special issue on Digital Terminology in the Digital Scholarship in the Humanities Journal.
The authors of the accepted contributions to the conference will be invited to submit an extended version for the special issue.
More information will be announced during the conference.

Important dates

  • -> 25 <- October 2021
  • 15 December 2021
  • 30 January 2022
  • 15 February 2022

Organising committee

Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio, Università degli Studi di Padova
Maria Teresa Musacchio, Università degli Studi di Padova
Geneviève Henrot, Università degli Studi di Padova
Federica Vezzani, Università degli Studi di Padova

Scientific committee

Lynne Bowker – University of Ottawa, Canada
Rute Costa – Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
Thierry Declerck –DFKI, Germany
Valérie Delavigne – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3), France
Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio – Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Nicola Ferro – Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Paolo Frassi – Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy
Daniel Gouadec – Université Rennes 2, France
Claudio Grimaldi – Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope”, Italy
Geneviève Marie Henrot Sostero – Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
John Humbley – Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7), France
Kyo Kageura – University of Tokyo, Japan
Koen Kerremans – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Svetlana Krylosova – INaLCO, Paris, France
Rodolfo Maslias – TermCoord, European Parlement, Luxembourg
Maria Teresa Musacchio – Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Johanna Monti – Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Italy
Silvia Piccini – Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli”, CNR, Italy
Alain Polguère – Université de Lorraine, France
Étienne Quillot, Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France (DGLFLF)
Carla Quinci – Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Christophe Roche – University Savoie Mont-Blanc, France
Laurent Romary – INRIA & HUB-ISDL, Germany
Gianmaria Silvello – Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Rita Temmerman – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Federica Vezzani – Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Kara Warburton – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Maria Teresa Zanola – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

About Padua

Though under an hour from Venice, Padua (Padova in Italian) seems a world away with its medieval marketplaces, Fascist-era facades and hip student population. As a medieval city-state and home to Italy’s second-oldest university (1222), Padua challenged both Venice and Verona for regional hegemony. A series of extraordinary fresco cycles recalls this golden age – including in Giotto’s Cappella degli Scrovegni, Menabuoi’s heavenly gathering in the baptistry and Titian’s St Anthony in the Scoletta del Santo.

Palazzo del Bo

Università di Padova

Piazza dei Signori

Places in Padua

Il Santo

Basilica of Saint Anthony

Orto botanico

Botanic Garden

Cappella degli Scrovegni

Scrovegni Chapel

Palazzo della Ragione

...e il Salone

Prato della Valle

...e l'isola Memmia

Caffè Pedrocchi

Coffee House

Museo degli Eremitani

City Museum

Santa Giustina

Abbey of Santa Giustina

I Navigli

Watercourses and rivers

Il Duomo

Basilic of the Dome


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