SNORRE terminology database
In October 2011 Standards Norway launched SNORRE – a multilingual terminology database containing a vast amount of terminology that has been developed through standardization work. This comprehensive terminology collection which was previously available only for internal use as a standardization and translation tool at Standards Norway is now publicly accessible.
SNORRE contains terms and definitions which have been extracted from national, European or international standards and which have been quality assured by subject specialists and linguists. Consequently, the term base provides a valuable tool for translators, technical writers and others interpreting or producing technical text.
Broad range of subject fields
The terms in SNORRE have been extracted from standards from a wide variety of standardization areas. Examples include Quality, Services, Transport, Food technology, Sports equipment and facilities, Company organization and management, Textile and leather technology, and Shipbuilding and marine structures.
The majority of the terms have been extracted from translations. The database therefore comprises a vast amount of building and civil engineering terminology, as this is the standardization area in which most translations are produced. SNORRE also contains many environmental terms.
The term base has more than 50 000 entries and more than 200 000 terms and 30 000 definitions. SNORRE is a multilingual terminological database that contains terminology in Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk and English. Many entries also include German and/or French terms.
The following elements are normally to be found in a SNORRE database entry: terms and definitions, notes, sources and subject fields.
The SNORRE user interface enables users to make simple search requests among terms, definitions etc. in various languages. Advanced search features are also available. Furthermore, the search results page offers filter functionality that makes it possible to narrow down search results according to source, language and category (terms/definitions), as well as free text search.
Users may access term lists based on subject area and lists containing all terms that have been extracted from a specific source. Moreover, the term entries are linked to a product information page where users may collect background information about the referenced sources (standards) and also get a preview of the documents (five pages).
Making terminology available
SNORRE is the result of a project that was carried out in co-operation with the Language Council of Norway with financial support from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. The main project objective was to make terminology from standards publicly accessible. The intension was to strengthen the position of the Norwegian language (Bokmål and Nynorsk) through providing the public with valuable Norwegian terminology.
The terminology database can be accessed directly at www.termbasen.no
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