Terminology Management software solutions
December 20, 2007 10:28 AM   Subscribe

Software for keeping lists of terms and definitions organized? Help me tame the glossary monster.

My work publishes several sector-specific reports each quarter, containing updates on what's been happening in that sector and in the market. These reports also contain a "glossary" with definitions/descriptions - like brief bios of the people mentioned in the report, acronym definitions, and explanations of specific terms used in the text. There is substantial overlap with the terms used, both between sectors and over time. The full glossaries have so far been stored in a flat Word file for each report - split up by sector - and the lists get updated each quarter. This has worked OK for a while, but the lists have now become unwieldy. There is also a lot of differences in wording between sector versions.

I am looking for some recommendations for software that might help me keep the terms and their definitions organized in one place - with just one entry per term (that would help with consistency across sectors). However, I also need to be able to export subsets of the definitions for use in our reports. I looked online and found AnyLexic, which seems like it might be along the lines of what I'm looking for. So I'd also like to know if anyone has experience with this particular program.

-Windows 2000/XP environment
-Need to be able to export a subset of definitions to Word/Excel or CSV.
-Reasonably priced for a non-profit

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
posted by gemmy to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'd just use a wiki and some SQL queries (either web-based or commandline), but I'm a technical guy.
posted by rhizome at 12:54 PM on December 20, 2007

You could easily make a small Access database and merge it into the reports as you needed it.
posted by advicepig at 1:27 PM on December 20, 2007

Check your gmail.
posted by Skorgu at 1:56 PM on December 20, 2007

It sounds like a taxonomy management system might work, too. Like Synaptica from Dow Jones.
posted by smyles7 at 7:16 PM on December 20, 2007

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