Terminology Standards for Materials Databases

    Published: Jan 1992

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    The reasons for the importance of terminological standardization in computerized information systems are discussed as well as the special aspects pertinent to materials databases. Current terminological activities in the materials field are reviewed and progress and difficulties noted. In order to demonstrate the need for standardization or harmonization of materials terminology, several very common terms from each of eight term classes were chosen for study. Definitions for each term were sought in the ASTM Compilation of Standard Definitions, in the CEC Common Reference Vocabulary, and in appropriate specialized glossaries. Comparisons of the extracted definitions are made and discussed. The results highlight the nature of the problems which must be overcome. For this small set, examples are given of harmonized definitions which might be suitable for use in computerized systems, and recommendations are made as to how a cooperative effort for further standardization might achieve the desired goal.


    terminology, standard, database, thesaurus, glossary, definition, vocabulary, harmonization, computer access

    Author Information:

    Westbrook, JH
    Consultant, Sci-Tech Knowledge Systems, Inc., Glenville, NY

    Grattidge, W
    Consultant, Sci-Tech Knowledge Systems, Inc., Glenville, NY

    Committee/Subcommittee: E49.03

    DOI: 10.1520/STP23725S

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