The article reviews the concepts of "lexicography" and "terminography", their history, theoretical and practical features. The need to develop common principles and methods for compiling dictionaries is noted, and the necessary conditions for this are described. Prospective directions of lexicography and terminography are determined, and the advantages of their computerization are mentioned. The processes of automation of works on lexicography and terminography are analyzed. The necessity of building terminological data bank enabling the accumulation and rapid processing of large volumes of terminological information is noted. The opportunities of terminological data bank established within the framework of the National Terminological Information System of Azerbaijan are presented (pp.65-75).