Splitting a big termbase into separate category groups/languages

A question to fellow Multiterm users: I am about to start a termbase that can potentially get huge in the future. Should I assume it will be easy to split it in half into separate category groups (say, T1: A–L and T2: M–Z) or languages, or should I rather create 2 or more separate termbases in advance to avoid any possible bugs/problems and spare myself the process?

Also, what is the estimate for a number of entries that would make for a huge termbase & a cumbersome translation process?

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  • Hi  

    When you ask 

    does having a few languages in the base, with some of them having additional categories like 'Note' while others do not, correspond to the idea of clearly defined terms?

    That is totally fine. The field of note will be available to all languages and its your discretion when you apply it. In fact with MultiTerm you dont see empty fields only those that have values in it. So if DE has a note it will be seen. If ES does not have a note, you wont see it.

    When I mentioned clearly defined structure, Im thinking of scenarios like this:

    2 Excel lists.

    Excel 1 has 3 terms definitions (fields)
    With 2 columns for Term 1 and Term 2

    Summary: Term 1, Term 2, Category note,  Category  1, Category 2

    Excel 2 has 9 term definitions (fields)
    1 columns called Term with | used to separate terms

    Summary: Term 1, NOTE, Category 1, Category 2, ...

    They over lap by 1 category, however where they overlap is were there is often issues.

    Excel 1 has note where as
    Excel 2 has NOTE

    The inconsistent format of "note/NOTE" means you cant easily merge or manage the terms and arguably your terms definitions are not clearly defined. 

    Other complications is when you manage synonyms vs term entries.

    Is it 2 term entries for the word Apple (fruit or tech)  as supported in Excel 1.
    Or 1 term entry which supports 2 terms (fruit | tech) as supported in Excel 2.

    Another area to be wary of

    I hope this added info give you peace of mind 


    Lydia Simplicio | RWS Group

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