STUDY OF ENGINEERING TERMINOLOGY AND RELATIONSHIPS AMONG ENGINEERING TERMS.
Final rept., July 62-Aug 63,
ENGINEERS JOINT COUNCIL NEW YORK
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The objectives of this report were to determine the extent of common terminology, the degree of ambiguity of term meanings, and to evaluate the possibility of creating a unified vocabulary useful in the origination, storage, retrieval and dissemination of engineering information. The methods of achieving these objectives were to collect from the major engineering societies plus Defense Documentation Center, Engineering Index, Engineering Societies Library and NASA subject heading lists, thesauri, glossaries or term lists which they consider useful in indexing. Terms contributed by more than one organization were selected for most intensive consideration by ten subcommittees covering the major fields of engineering. During twenty-seven weeks of full-time effort the subcommittees selected terms adjudged of most utility within the engineering profession, resolved any serious ambiguities in term meaning, developed and recorded cross-references between terms, and provided scope notes and term definitions as needed. A total of about 10,500 terms were treated during this period. A 1000 term sample of the proposed vocabulary was analyzed from the results of the analysis. Author