About Evroterm

Evroterm is a database of terms established in the course of preparing the Slovene version of legal acts of the European Union. The terms were compiled and edited by terminologists at the Translation Unit of the Government Office for European Affairs (GOEA) of the Republic of Slovenia. The first web search interface was developed in August 2000 by the former Slovenian Government Centre for Informatics. Since June 2005, the database has been maintained by the Secretariat-General of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia (SG).

Instructions for use (Evroterm has some features that are not obvious at the first glance so we suggest that new users read this section.)

Currently, terminological solutions are created in cooperation with SG's in-house and external translators and language editors, expert revisers from particular line ministries and government offices, jurists from the Government Legislation Office, and other translation services of Slovenian public administration. When deciding on the most appropriate terminology, the terminologists consult experts from other public and academic institutions, as well as EU bodies.

In 2010, Microsoft terminology was added to Evroterm (altogether more than 18,000 English terms, about 7500 of them translated into Slovene).

Evroterm data are freely accessible.

The following bar chart shows the number of new and updated terms in the termbase by year: the first number (on the steelblue background) is the number of new terms in Evroterm, the second number (on the green background – if exists) is the number of updated terms, and the rightmost number (black number on white background) is a sum of these two numbers:

1998
4190
 
4508
1999
5688
 
5935
2000
3268
 
3770
2001
2736
 
3220
2002
6110
3502
9612
2003
20234
1132
21366
2004
9120
3799
12919
2005
8810
8459
17269
2006
15866
7655
23521
2007
7103
6818
13921
2008
7745
6379
14124
2009
7799
3325
11124
2010
18141
4354
22495
2011
3759
1418
5177
2012
1861
1165
3026
2013
910
1960
2870
2014
1116
1059
2175
2015
3254
1367
4621
2016
1226
1165
2391
2017
4185
2129
6314
2018
1331
2022
3353
2019
505
 
987


The following bar chart shows the number of new and updated terms in the termbase by hour: the first number (on the steelblue background – if exists) is the number of new terms in Evroterm, the second number (on the green background – if exists) is the number of updated terms, and the rightmost number (black number on white background) is a sum of these two numbers:

00
2467
 
3037
01
1856
 
2217
02
 
 
89
03
 
 
70
04
 
 
56
05
 
 
258
06
 
 
54
07
 
 
633
08
6014
 
7182
09
9365
2874
12239
10
17067
4311
21378
11
35420
6020
41440
12
8969
5484
14453
13
8814
6102
14916
14
12526
7416
19942
15
13910
6411
20321
16
6070
1949
8019
17
3291
 
4179
18
1525
 
2345
19
1894
 
2645
20
2204
 
2900
21
 
 
1788
22
 
 
1163
23
 
 
1313


More time statistics

The terminology database is being regularly updated by means of the SDL Trados MultiTerm terminology tool since 1997. The database has been available on the Web since 2000. Evroterm currently contains 134957 entries.

Evroterm technology has been used in the following countries: Single user interface for searching termbases in the above-mentioned countries is available here. The projects mentioned above were financed by the EU and (partially) by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.

Evroterm terminology database adheres to the principle of concept, i.e., one entry can contain several expert terms that describe this concept. Each entry can have term equivalents in different languages. Most entries are bilingual (English being the original term and Slovene its translation) and some terms are multilingual (mostly German and French equivalents are added to English and Slovene terms). Some terms from other terminological and lexical databases are also available (e.g. IATE (source: Download IATE, European Union, 2017), ITI, PONS, Wikipedia).

The following bar chart shows the number of terms per language: the first number (on the steelblue background – if exists) is the number of terms in Evroterm, the second number (on the green background – if exists) is the number of terms from external resources, and the rightmost number (black number on white background) is a sum of these two numbers. If only the last number is written, then Evroterm does not have access to external resources in this language.

Croatian  
3854
14640
18494
Czech  
.
8966
Danish  
.
9705
Dutch  
.
9753
English  
152596
78722
231318
Finnish  
.
9280
French  
44151
56486
100637
German  
45737
54234
99971
Hungarian  
4066
28503
32569
Italian  
27065
37963
65028
Latin  
.
2897
Polish  
.
8974
Portuguese  
.
9940
Slovak  
.
8910
Slovenian  
144952
67651
212603
Spanish  
.
26065
Svedish  
.
8963

Total number of terms in all languages: 525874 (total number of terms by taking into account directly accessible terms from other sources: 864073 ).

The aforementioned data include synonyms, abbreviations, etc., so the number of terms in English and Slovene exceeds the number of concepts (entries).
The database can be searched in any language. Most hits will obviously be obtained when the search is based on English or Slovene source terms.

A Evroterm entry can contain the following data:

Creation Date date that the term was entered in the database
Change Date date of the last update
Context example of using the term in context
Definition definition of the concept
DefRef source of definition
Equivalence synonym, hypernym, hyponym
Note notes and comments (e.g., partial semantic correspondence, checks, recommendations)
NoteRef note source
Project project in the framework of which the terms were translated or checked
Reliability reliability of the translation: on a scale from 1 to 5 (1 meaning the least and 5 the most reliable); this data is available mainly for terms entered from 2001 onwards
See also dictionaries, glossaries, terminology databases or encyclopaedias with additional information about the term
SourceDoc&Lang title and/or number of translated document; this category will be gradually replaced by the 'TermRef' field
Subject subject field (a code in English)
Subj subject field (in Slovene)
TermRef - reference of translation
- document or exact location of the term in the cited document
TermSource institution that recommended the translation
Usage label status of the term: recommended, desired, rare, rejected, colloquial, jargon, unchecked, obsolete, acceptable, standardized, official


Number of terms in which a specific parameter is set:

Context
13662
ContextRef
 
319
DefRef
14804
Definition
50216
Equivalence
 
1595
Gender
 
18
Grammar
 
14
Graphic
 
363
Note
25549
NoteRef
 
488
Personal Comment
 
1
Phrase
 
3
PictureRef
 
54
Project
36329
Regional Label
 
1000
Reliability
22581
SourceDoc&Lang
 
19
TermRef
93385
TermSource
47421
TermTyp
 
100
Usage Label
4439


Number of terms by subject – 10 most frequent subjects in Evroterm:

informatics  
 18950
law  
 13425
environment  
 9769
agriculture  
 8292
finance  
 8119
defence  
 8091
administration  
 6587
chemistry  
 6201
transport  
 5697
technology  
 5654


Number of terms by all subjects

Due to different translation equivalents of the same term appearing in diverse contexts, the database may contain terms with the same spelling that describe different concepts. They have therefore been entered into the database separately, e.g., act:
  1. act (as a noun) => a law passed by government
  2. act (as a verb) => to act in a certain way
  3. ACT => abbreviation for Association of Commercial Television
  4. ACT (subject field of transport) => abbreviation for Activate Message
The users should bear in mind that Evroterm is not a standard web dictionary but an evolving terminology database with continuously improved and updated terms to which they can also contribute with their specialized knowledge.

Evroterm for mobile phones is available here.

Please send any technical comments regarding the contents of the database to the terminologists or while other comments should be directed to the Main Administrative Office of GSV.

Searching in Evroterm can be supplemented by searching the Evrokorpus (bilingual parallel corpora): a direct link to terms in Evrokorpus is enabled by clicking underlined terms found in Evroterm. The terms can be found there in the contexts in which they were used. Evroterm and Evrokorpus are two separate databases; searching in Evroterm does not therefore always give the same results as searching in Evrokorpus. If a term cannot be found in Evroterm, you can try searching in Evrokorpus.