On September 30 2015, Slandail team announced the completion of Milestone 32 (MS32). The objective of MS32 is to collect feedback from partners and carry out a critical review of ontologies, validating them against EU Best Practice to ensure that the lexicon reaches an international standard.
In order to organise the lexicon extracted from our English, Italian and German corpora, the team at the University of Padova (UNIPD) created a dedicated wiki where terms in the three languages are displayed side by side. English-Italian and English-German equivalents were selected on the basis of the documents collected and cater for cultural and pragmatic differences. Dialogue with potential end-users at various stages of the design of our terminological work allowed us to integrate further useful sources that could be used to extract terminology. Progress of work on the terminology wiki was presented during plenary and sub-committee meetings and commented on by end-users and other partners. The feedback provided was then used to make adjustments and improvements to our work.
A further important step was the validation of our lexicon against EU best practices. Since glossaries and term-banks related to emergency management are already available in the EU, currently existing terminology was harmonised by comparing and contrasting the lexicon of various emergency management institutions including the European Union itself as well as the International Red Cross, UNISDR or EIONET to ensure a more comprehensive approach to terminology extraction and management.
Finally, during the latest Terminology Workshop held at Trinity College on 14th September, the project invited Professor Hanne Thomsen from the Copenhagen Business School, who provided her comments on and insights into terminology and ontology organisation. Attending project partners also carried out a critical review of the current state of ontology construction and planned further future structural improvements.