Jul 6, 2014

Practical terminology management with Mark Childress - October 2014

Here is an opportunity to spend the day learning from one of the world's leading industrial terminologists and the current president of the German Association for Terminology (Deutscher Terminologie-Tag) in the next of Stridonium's scheduled professional education events in the Netherlands. I made Mark's acquaintance some 14 years ago as a systems consultant, software developer and sometime translator for an electronic archiving solutions provider and SAP integrator. We needed to get the SAP terminology in the translations of our software manuals right, and I soon learned that he was the man. He also very unbureaucratically made the French, German and English terminology available to me in formats I could use with Trados and Déjà Vu in the days before the current online terminology portal for SAP, when the only game in town seemed to  be a CD that was never up to date. This gave me an edge in certain areas of technical and business translation for years, for which I was very grateful. It was, alas, another ten years before I could made that acquaintance a face-to-face one at the Warsaw conference for Translation Management Europe, where I also discovered that he was a gifted speaker and a patient teacher with a wealth of inspiring examples.

On October 29, 2014 at the Restaurant Hotel Savelberg in Voorburg (NL), just a few minutes by car or train from The Hague, Mr. Childress will be conducting a  full-day workshop with an overview of practical terminology management:
  • The basics of terminology theory and practice in an organization
  • Deciding between process-based or project-based approaches to terminology issues
  • Simple pro-terminology arguments you can use to convince your managers, your colleagues, your clients – or yourself!
  • Get started climbing the terminology mountain, one step at a time

The cost for the workshop is €375 per person (€325 for Stridonium members). Register by August 25th to receive the Early Bird rate of €325. Further information on the schedule and registration are now available on the Stridonium events page.

In Mark’s own words,
"This one-day seminar gives an overview of topics related to practical terminology work. No academic theorizing, no technobabble, no sales pitch – just good solid tips you can use to make your work run more smoothly."


Mark Childress has a B.A. from Humboldt State University in California and an M.A. from Heidelberg University in Germany. He joined SAP AG in Walldorf, Germany in 1995 as a translator and has been responsible for the company’s terminology management since 1998. He is the current president of the German Association for Terminology (Deutscher Terminologie-Tag / DTT). Mark gives frequent lectures and training on terminology management to technical writers, translators, and universities and has written articles on terminology work for publications including MultiLingual and eDITion, the journal of the DTT.

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