An ontology is not a terminology, and a terminology is not an ontology: they do not have the same goal. Nevertheless, ontology is today one of the most promising perspectives to Terminology (e.g. for IT applications) [1].
Ontoterminology, terminology whose conceptual system is a formal ontology, is a new paradigm [2] introduced in 2007 [3]. Based on the fact that linguistic and conceptual dimensions do not match, Ontoterminology makes explicit the double dimension of Terminology. Ontoterminology preserves the linguistic diversity taking into account multilingualism and allows to standardize the domain knowledge. Ontoterminology relies on a double semantic triangle. Term and Concept name are no longer confused, neither are Term definition and Concept definition.
Multilingual Terminology editor Building ontoterminologies is a task which requires a dedicated software environment. Tedi, for ontoTerminology EDItor, provides a set of useful tools based on epistemological principles. Tedi allows to define the formal ontology and the set of terms in the different languages independently of each other. The different sets of terms are linked through the shared ontology. It also allows objects and proper names editing as well as export in different exchange formats (RDF, HTML, SKOS, JSON).
[1] Terminologie et ontologie
C.Roche. Revue Langages, 39e année, n°157, 2005, pp. 48-62
[2] Ontoterminology: How to unify terminology and ontology into a single paradigm
C.Roche. LREC 2012, Eighth international conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, 
Istanbul (Turkey), 21-27 May 2012, pp. 2626-2630
[3] Le terme et le concept : fondements d’une ontoterminologie
C.Roche. TOTh 2007, Terminologie & Ontologie : Théories et applications, Annecy (France), 1er juin 2007, pp. 1-22

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