New developments


The EU interinstitutional terminology database IATE was developed in the early 2000 and the internal version of the application was made available to the EU internal users in 2004. A public version for read-only use was developed and released to the general public in 2007. Since then, the tool has evolved incorporating new features according to user's needs. However, the continuous development of IATE and the maintenance of two separate applications (for internal and for external users) has become more cumbersome in the last years since the architecture and technologies are becoming more and more obsolete and far from current development standards. The same goes for the interface and usability of the tool.

Evolving needs and trends in terminology work

In parallel, terminology work in the EU institutions has also evolved in the past 15 years and users need an IATE that allows for increased efficiency, higher collaboration, tasks allocation, quality assurance mechanisms, legacy data clean-up tools, user-friendly and intuitive use without the need of long trainings and better interoperability with other tools, particularly, to re-use IATE data in computer-assisted translation environments.

New IATE: main highlights

With all those points in mind, and following a list of high-level requirements expressed by a dedicated Task Force in 2013 and 2014 and a technical analysis by the IATE Support and Development Team in 2015, the development of the next generation IATE was launched in 2016.

The main highlights of the new IATE will be the following:

Ongoing development

The development is ongoing and work is currently being done on entry creation, inline editing, advanced reference management, Eurovoc domain selection, user management, data migration analysis and integration with CAT tools.

At the same time, a dedicated Task Force is working on the clean-up of legacy and low quality data, to ensure that not only the tool but also the content will be more adapted to user's needs.

The release of the new IATE is foreseen for summer 2018. We will keep you updated on this page on the progress.

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