Multilingual Digital Terminology Today

Design, representation formats and management systems

29 - 30 June 2023, Lisbon, Portugal

2nd International Conference on
"Multilingual digital terminology today. Design, representation formats and management systems"

MDTT 2023 will be an onsite event

The working languages are English, French, and Portuguese

Early-Bird Registration until May 31st!

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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 second 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, specialized lexicography, computational linguistics, NLP, in order to share methodological reflections on design approaches, representation formats and management systems of the digital terminology collected in the terminological resources.
In particular, the conference is organized around the following areas:

  • Analysis of the information needs of the future user of the resource
  • Assessment of structural design approaches for terminological data collections
  • Study of terminological metadata and data representation formats
  • Methods of validating the ergonomics of a resource

The provisional agenda of the conference is:

  • February 10, 2023: deadline for submitting the camera ready version of the paper
  • March 10, 2023: publication of provisional program
  • April 5, 2023: publication of final program
  • May 31st, 2023: Early-bird registration (end)
  • From June 1st until June 18, 2023: Regular registration
  • From June 19th, 2023: Late-registration registration
  • June 29th - 30th, 2023: Conference

Topics for submissions include but are not limited to

  • Terminological Resource Design
  • Terminological Resource Implementation
  • User Information Needs
  • Specialized Translation
  • Specialized Lexicography
  • Technical Communication
  • Terminological Standards and Standardisation
  • Terminological Management Systems
  • Multilingualism
  • Linguistic Linked Open Data
  • Semantic Web
  • FAIR Principles
  • Open Science
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Knowledge Organization
  • Usability and Evaluation of Terminological Tools
  • Information Retrieval 
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Machine Learning for Terminology Extraction 
  • Ontologies
  • Metadata and Data Management and Curation
  • Terminological Data Quality
  • Digital Humanities


Research papers describing original ideas on the listed topics and/or on other fundamental aspects of digital terminology are solicited.
In this conference papers must be in the 3 - 5 pages range excluding references.
The papers will go through a double blind review process. Therefore, we invite all the authors to anonymize their papers.
The languages of the papers can be English, French, and Portuguese.

Papers must be in the CEUR-ART single column style.


Authors must submit their papers via Easychair at the following link MDTT 2023.

The accepted papers will be published on the online open access platform CEUR-WS.

The submission deadline is November 28 2022 (23:59 Anywhere on Earth Time - strict deadline).

Post-Conference Selected Papers Publication

The authors of the accepted contributions to the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of the paper for a journal or a volume. More information will be announced during the conference.

Important dates

  • 10 March 2023
  • Provisional Program
  • 5 April 2023
  • Final Program
  • 31 May 2023
  • Early-bird Registration (end)
  • 18 June 2023
  • Regular registration (end)

Keynote Speakers

We have the pleasure to announce the following keynote speakers:

Prof Lynne Bowker

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Titre : La multidimensionnalité dans la terminologie : Vers la découverte de nouveaux concepts ou vers un multivers de la folie ?

Résumé : Dans la discipline de la terminologie, la multidimensionnalité est un phénomène qui se produit lorsqu’un concept peut être classifié selon deux (ou plusieurs) caractéristiques à la fois. La multidimensionnalité ressemble davantage à la réalité, mais le traitement de ce phénomène est complexe, ce qui explique le peu d’attention manifesté par les premiers terminologues. Depuis les années 1990, les outils informatiques offrent une multitude de possibilités pour intégrer des systèmes de concepts complexes dans les ressources terminologiques. Toutefois, ces systèmes très complexes sont-ils toujours souhaitables ? Ou présentent-ils une surcharge d’informations ? Dans cette conférence, on explorera le passé, le présent et l’avenir de la multidimensionnalité en terminologie.

Biographie : Lynne Bowker est professeure titulaire à l’Université d’Ottawa (Canada) où elle détient une double affectation à l’École de traduction et d’interprétation et l’École des sciences de l’information. En 2020, elle était élue membre de la Société Royale du Canada pour ses contributions au domaine des technologies langagières. Ses activités d’enseignement et de recherche portent sur la terminologie, la lexicographie, la terminotique, la traduction spécialisée et les technologies de la traduction. Elle est (co-) auteur de plusieurs livres, dont Computer-Aided Translation Technology (2002), Working with Specialized Language (2002), Machine Translation and Global Research (2019), et De-mystifying Translation (2023). Elle est membre du comité de rédaction de plusieurs revues spécialisées (p. ex. International Journal of Lexicography, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics), ainsi que traductrice agréée (français-anglais).

Prof. Liana Ermakova

Université de Bretagne-Occidentale, France

Title: Identification and contextualization of difficult scientific terms

Abstract: The general public tends to avoid reliable sources such as scientific literature due to their complex language and lacking background knowledge. While traditional methods of text simplification try to eliminate complex concepts, scientific terms are not often replaceable due to the risk of information distortion and these complex concepts should be explained to a reader. In this talk, I will present the overview of the CLEF SimpleText shared task aiming to identify scientific terms that require explanation and to provide this context in order to help a reader to understand the scientific text.

Biography: Liana Ermakova has been an associate professor at the University of Western Brittany (Brest, France) since 2017. Her primary area of research is automatic text simplification, multi-document summarisation, and multilingual wordplay analysis. She is the principal investigator of the SimpleText project: Automatic Simplification of Scientific texts. She has participated in the organization of various conferences and workshops and is a member of the competition division of the French Association for Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Ermakova leads two shared tasks at CLEF which aim at the creation of reusable benchmarks for automatic wordplay analysis (JOKER) and scientific text simplification (SimpleText). .

Program Outline

Thursday 29 June 2023

08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:30
Opening and welcome
09:30 - 10:30
Keynote speaker: Lynne Bowker, University of Ottawam Canada
La multidimensionnalité dans la terminologie : Vers la découverte de nouveaux concepts ou vers un multivers de la folie ?
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Session 1
11:00 - 11:30
Definitions in SNOMED CT through the lens of Terminology: from formal to textual
Sara Carvalho, Cornelia Wermuth and Rute Costa
11:30 - 12:00
'Defined_by' relation as structuring principle of terminologies
Tomara Gotkova, Francesca Ingrosso, Polina Mikhel and Alain Polguère
12:00 - 12:30
Extracting knowledge-rich information from definitions. A corpus-based approach to building a conceptual-based terminological resource
Margarida Ramos and Rute Costa
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch break
14:00 - 15:30
Session 2
14:00 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:00
From TBX to Ontolex Lemon: Issues and Desiderata
Andrea Bellandi, Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio, Silvia Piccini and Federica Vezzani
15:00 - 15:30
Popularizing Terminology Using Social Networks: Keeping Citizens Informed About Value in Health Care
Raquel Silva, Francisco von Hafe, Salomé Azevedo, Federico Guede-Fernández and Ana Londral
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30
Session 3
16:00 - 16:30
Subject fields in a Controlled Natural Language: how the evolution of the ASD-STE100 specification led to a proposal for a global structured review of term categories
Daniela Zambrini and Orlando Chiarello
16:30 - 17:00
How and why Terminology boosters Product Information and Technical Communication
Tiziana Sicilia
17:00 - 17:30
A 40-years Journey Hand in Hand with the EU-Terminology
Rodolfo Maslias
17:30 - 18:00
End of first day

Friday 30 June 2023

08:30 - 09:30
09:30 - 10:30
Keynote speaker: Liana Emakova, Université de Bretagne-Occidentale, France
Identification and contextualization of difficult scientific terms
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Session 4
11:00 - 11:30
Isolating terminology layers in complex linguistic environments: a study about waste management
Nicola Cirillo
11:30 - 12:00
Key environmental lexicon extraction using generative transformer
Tomara Gotkova and Alexander Shvets
12:00 - 12:30
Semi-automatic extraction of academic transdisciplinary phraseology: expanding a corpus of categorized academic phraseology using BERT machine learning models
Micaela Aguiar, José Monteiro and Sílvia Araújo
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch break
14:00 - 15:30
Session 5
14:00 - 14:30
« Sapori locali » : Glossaire multilingue des produits typiques émiliens
Chiara Preite and Gloria Zanella
14:30 - 15:00
Culture-bound Representation in EcoLexicon
Pilar León Araúz, Melania Cabezas García, Pamela Faber and Arianne Reimerink
15:00 - 15:30
Do corpus lingüístico à extração terminológica: insumos para a criação de uma plataforma web baseada na normalização terminológica do domínio da conservação-restauração de bens patrimoniais
Luciana Pissolato and Carles Tebé
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30
Session 6
16:00 - 16:30
Open gender-sensitive terminology resources for the digital society: The DIGITENDER project
Chelo Vargas-Sierra and María Isabel Santamaría-Pérez
16:30 - 17:00
Legal Jargon in an Environmental TKB: Pollution Phraseology
Arianne Reimerink, Pamela Faber, Melania Cabezas-García and Pilar León Araúz
17:00 - 17:30
Aggregating and Visualizing Collocation Data for Humanitarian Concepts
Loryn Isaacs and Pilar León-Araúz
17:30 - 18:00
Conference closing


MDTT 2023 will be an onsite event.

Early-bird, from March 1st until 31st May 2023:

Regular, from June 1st until June 18th 2023:
Late, from June 19th 2023:

Conference fees cover the cost of lunches and coffee breaks throughout the conference.
If you have special requests or dietary requirements or require specific assistance, please state your needs in the form that we will send you after the registration.

Please use only the official link to register

General Chairs

Rute Costa - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio - Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Federica Vezzani - Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

Program Chairs

Raquel Silva - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
Ana Salgado - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa / Academia das Ciências de Lisboa, Portugal

Local Organization Chairs

Sara Carvalho - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa / Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Margarida Ramos - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal

Scientific committee

Andrea Bellandi - Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale "A. Zampolli", CNR, Italy
Úna Bhreathnach - Dublin City University, Ireland
Lynne Bowker - University of Ottawa, Canada
Melania Cabezas García - Universidad de Grenada, Spain
Sara Carvalho - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa / Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Manuel Célio Conceição - Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
Thierry Declerck - DFKI, Germany
Valérie Delavigne - Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3), France
Patrick Drouin, Université de Montreal, Canada
Nicola Ferro - Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Paolo Frassi - Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy
Claudio Grimaldi - Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope", Italy
Koen Kerremans - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Anas Fahad Khan - Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli”, CNR, Italy
Svetlana Krylosova - INaLCO, Paris, France
Pilar León Araúz - Universidad de Granada, Spain
Rodolfo Maslias - Head of Terminology Coordination, European Parliament (2008-2022), Luxembourg
Maria Teresa Musacchio - Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Johanna Monti - Università degli Studi di Napoli "L’Orientale", Italy
Ana Ostroški Anić - Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics, Croatia
Silvia Piccini - Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale "A. Zampolli", CNR, Italy
Alain Polguère - Université de Lorraine, France
Chiara Preite - Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
Étienne Quillot, Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France (DGLFLF), France
Carla Quinci - Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Margarida Ramos - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
Christophe Roche - University Savoie Mont-Blanc, France
Micaela Rossi - Università di Genova, Italy
Laurent Romary - Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), France
Ana Salgado - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa / Academia das Ciências de Lisboa, Portugal
Raquel Silva - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
Gianmaria Silvello - Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Rita Temmerman - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Cornelia Wermuth - KU Leuven, Belgium
Maria Teresa Zanola - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

Conference Venue

The 2nd International Conference on "Multilingual digital terminology today. Design, representation formats and management systems" will be hosted at NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal

The official venue of the conference will be the CEDOC building of the NOVA Medical School.
Auditorium Manuel Machado Macedo
Rua Câmara Pestana, n.º 6, 1150-082 Lisboa

Hotels close to the venue

Please make your own accommodation arrangements. Here are some suggestions:

Rua Duque de Palmela, 34, 1250-098 Lisboa
Tel.: 213 576 395

Lisbon Wine Hotel ****
Rua Portas de Santo Antão, n. 88, 1150-266 Lisboa
Tel.: +351 211 451 240

Rua D. Estefânia nº71-77, 1150-132 Lisboa
Tel.: +351 213 101 800

Av. Marechal Craveiro Lopes, 390, 1749-009 Lisboa
Tel.: 210 045 000

SANA Capitol Hotel ***
Rua Eça de Queiroz, n. 24, 1050-096 Lisboa
Tel: + 351 21 353 68 11

Dom Sancho I **
Av. da Liberdade, n. 202, 1250-147 Lisboa
Tel.: +351 213 513 160

Rua Gomes Freire, 130, 1150-180. Lisboa
Tel.: +351 213 193 070

Under the patronage of

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Centro de Linguistica da Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Associazione Italiana per la Terminologia

Associazione Do.Ri.F. - Università


Platinum Sponsor

Ministére de la Culture

Diamond Sponsor

Instituto Internacional da Língua Portuguesa

Gold Sponsor

Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal

Silver Sponsor

Associazione Italiana per la Comunicazione Tecnica

Call for Sponsorships

We offer three levels of sponsorship as described in the packages below. We will work with individual sponsors to help tailor their sponsorship needs to support the events, services or functions of greatest interest to them. The conference organizers are also happy to discuss alternative opportunities to best suit your needs. If you have any creative or interactive ideas of activity we would be interested to talk to you about how we can incorporate them into a personalized package. All sponsorship levels are quoted in euro. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or suggestions for the conference and the engagement of attendees with the sponsors. You can send an email to or to the official email of the conference. Thank you very much in advance for your attention and your support!

  • Silver Sponsor (300 Euro)
    • Special thanks during the opening and closing of the conference.
    • Logo and link to the sponsor's page on MDTT 2023 website.
    • Post-conference sponsorship report.
    • Conference attendance (coffee breaks and lunches included) for one sponsor delegate (any additional delegate will have a 50% discount on the industry registration fee).
  • Gold Sponsor (500 Euro)
    • Projection of logos in virtual rooms/waiting rooms/physical rooms before technical sessions.
    • Promotional items in (virtual and physical) conference bags (coupon, job posts, brochure).
    • + All the items included in Silver sponsor package.
  • Diamond Sponsor (1000 Euro)
    • Five minute presentation in a dedicated session to sponsors, and a 2-minute video to share on social media.
    • Sponsor Profile in CEUR-WS proceedings (1 page).
    • + All the items included in the Silver sponsor package.
  • Platinum Sponsor (+ 1000 Euro)
    • Invitation to participate in the opening session or the closing session.
    • + All the items included in Diamond sponsor package.

Previous Conferences

The 1st International Conference on "Multilingual digital terminology today. Design, representation formats and management systems" (MDTT 2022) was held in Padova, Italy. You can find the CEUR-WS proceedings of the conference here.


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