Transgression of Semantic Boundaries by Methodical Terminology Management: Applicaion to the Terminology and Metrology of Satellite Based Localisation Systems

Lars Schnieder and Marco Wegener
Technische Universitat Braunschweig Institute for Traffic Safety and Automation Engineering , Braunschweig, Germany
{schnieder, Wegener} @iva.ing.tu-bs.de

Abstract: In the future satellite based positioning systems will be applied to a broad application area ranging from civil to military use. This paper is focusing on the civil transportation sector and shall be a contribution to the consistent and domain- spanning use of satellite based localisatin systems with possible safety-related applications. Applying satellite based localization systems to surface transportation requires the bridging of the currently existing gap between the different terminological worlds. This includes a binding definition of the properties, characteristics and values further describing the meaning of the applied terms. On the one hand there is the terminology of aviation which formed the base for the specification of the satellite-based localization system, on the other hand there is the terminology of the application domain (here rail transportation respectively the concerned transportation domain). Especially for safety-related applications it is mandatory to ensure a clear understanding between the terminological worlds which shall also enable a certification process for receivers of satellite-based localization systems. This paper outlines an approach based on the linguistic concept of lexemes as well as a structured procedure in order to reach consensus on the terminology being applied in an increasingly interdisciplinary context.

Keywords: specification, terminology, terminology management

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