I am trying to organize my workflow and make it more effective.

As non-native English-speaker studying in a foreign country I often need to look-up domain-specific translations (in 3 languages). As there are no specific dictionaries I am using textfiles containing translations I have collected over the time. This is quite uncomfortable.

Often these words are related to some kind of mathematical definition which has to be stated as a theorem for proofs. Right now I usually copy these from my old publications.

It would be great to have some kind of central dictionary or knowledge-base where I could organize all this (Translations and Definitions).

  • Anyone who can recommend a program for this?
  • How do you organize definitions and domain-specific translations?
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    The question was intended to be more about managing knowledge than actual coding, the technical things were used to illustrate the intention, I changed the Question. Hope its more on-topic now.
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    Oct 29, 2013 at 20:03
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I would try http://termbases.eu/ a site that was mentioned under Software: Lexicons in Linguist List.

Broadly, what you have described is a lightweight variety of a dictionary writing system, software for developing a lexicon.

If you were translating digital documents, I would recommend translation memory software. Collecting and managing your multilingual context-specific translations is part of what translation memory software does.

Another possibility, if you happen to be comfortable setting up a wiki, is to create a wiki in the manner of Wiktionary.

  • The first website you introduced seems not to be free and has limitations over the free version. Do you know some open-source/free softwares or website services too?
    – enthu
    Oct 8, 2014 at 8:45

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