An outline for a vocabulary of nominal properties and examinations--basic and general concepts and associated terms.

Research paper by Gunnar G Nordin, René R Dybkaer, Urban U Forsum, Xavier X Fuentes-Arderiu, Gunther G Schadow, Françoise F Pontet,

Indexed on: 11 Nov '10Published on: 11 Nov '10Published in: Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine


Scientists of disciplines in clinical laboratory sciences have long recognized the need for a common language for efficient and safe request of investigations, reporting of results, and communication of experience and scientific achievements. Widening the scope, most scientific disciplines, not only clinical laboratory sciences, rely to some extent on various nominal examinations, in addition to measurements. The 'International vocabulary of metrology--Basic and general concepts and associated terms' (VIM) is designed for metrology, science of measurement. The aim of the proposed vocabulary is to suggest definitions and explanations of concepts and terms related to nominal properties, i.e., properties that can be compared for identity with other properties of the same kind-of-property, but that have no magnitude.