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Zero to Digital: Terminology Guidelines

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This document describes how to document terminology in an existing, undocumented, or under-documented language. It outlines procedures for recording existing words and for creating new terminology to support communication in specialized subjects for which Indigenous languages may not have particular words. This recommended methodology provides guidance about various workflows for creating or updating terminology, including planning, resource collection, terminological analysis, and documentation. This process provides a means for Indigenous communities to be able to coin terms as the need arises, for example, for subjects belonging to technological, medical, political, legal, or other fields that may otherwise be outside the historical realm of their culture or language. Expanding and updating this kind of vocabulary will help an Indigenous community access and use resources to facilitate their inclusion in a digital environment.