Crossing between environments: The relationship between terminological dictionaries and Wikipedia

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This paper discusses two environments in which concept definitions are published, namely terminological dictionaries which deal specifically with technical subjects and general online encyclopaedias such as Wikipedia. It compares the intended function of both resource types, justifies and explores their differences, and considers whether a mutually beneficial relationship can exist between both knowledge formats. This discussion will focus on a real world exercise undertaken to enrich term entries and definitions relating to the natural world in Welsh terminological dictionaries. The paper also investigates the technological methods used to incorporate Wiki content into terminological dictionaries, and examines some of the licensing issues arising from sharing content between different resources. It concludes by examining how the interconnection between the environments of Welsh Wicipedia and of Welsh terminological dictionaries might be developed in the future.


  • terminological, terminology, Dictionaries, crowdsourcing, Welsh, Wicipedia, content sharing
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTerminologie(s) et traduction
Subtitle of host publicationLes termes de l’environnement et l'environnement des termes
EditorsSonia Berbinski, Anca Marina Velicu
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783631769676
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventTermTrad 2017 International Symposium: Terms of the environment and the environment of terms - University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 13 Nov 201714 Nov 2017


ConferenceTermTrad 2017 International Symposium
Abbreviated titleTermTrad

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