How do you manage document relationship?movesguy writes "I work in a small government office that develops tech projects, as any government facility we do more paper than work (or code in this case).
Yesterday my boss ask me to rebuild the history of some material we asked but never got, I proceeded to check a bunch of paper (yes, cellulose from dead trees) from several files.
Five hours later I filled a 5 meters table with paper, highlighting the relationship among them so we can know exactly where the process of acquisition was. (The process takes place in several offices outside my own, with committee approval required and several information meetings going back and forth)
I thought it has to be a better way to get the relationship among documents, a better way to construct the way one document generates two more and these two are related to several more from different offices from different dates.
In the pass we tried to use the software from http://www.knowledgetree.org/ but it just work as a repository and as a workflow tool, it doesn't provide the relationship between documents.
Documents are in general, dead-tree paper ones which are scanned without been OCRed.
How do you manage huge amount of paperwork in order to get the relationship among them in order to reconstruct one process captured in that form?
Is there a software (FLOSS preferable) that do this?
Thanks (Sorry about my English, not my native language)"