Coming to Terms

Coming to Terms is the Internet of Water’s Water Terminology Collection that tracks definitions, synonyms, and homonyns of water-related terms use by public agencies.

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Coming to Terms

A new Internet of Water tool that promotes a shared vocabulary of water terminology and tracks definitions, synonyms, and homonyms of water-related terms. This tool is open source, so anyone can contribute! We hope you will consider contributing your agency’s water terminology.

Why do we need a water terminology collection?

Public agencies and private entities can use the same word to mean different things or use multiple words to mean the same thing. As data becomes more integrated, it is increasingly more important to understand the terms and definitions describing data in order to ensure data pulled from multiple agencies are put to correct use.

Synonyms

Synonyms are different terms

with similar definitions.

Example: “Car” and “Automobile”

As public agencies improve the findability, accessibility, and usability of water data, it becomes increasingly important to understand the terms and definitions describing data in order to data is put to correct use.

Homonym

Homonyms are like terms

with different definitions.

Example: Toboggan (sled) and Toboggan (hat)

Shared Vocabularies

Through this application, we aim to provide access to the vocabularies used by Federal, State, Tribal, Local, and private entities engaged in water management, science, and use.

Water Terminology Entries

Vocabulary Progress Map