Sharepoint 2010 related documents links in a document library.

Posted on 2013-08-30
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Last Modified: 2013-09-23
Hi all,

Anybody had to code anything along the following lines in SharePoint 2010?

To be able to relate documents in a document library to ANY NUMBER of other documents in the SAME document library.  To be able to identify documents that have a dependancy on other documents from a buisines perspective.

Then i can have a parent child relationship form that allows you to see all document related to the currently selected documet in a view.

Any ideas, experience, thoughts on this would be helpful.
Question by:Neil Russell
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by:Jamie McAllister MVP
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You could add some extra webparts onto the view page (or better, create another page for the purpose). Strikes me you could pass a filter to the view webparts to display the 'related' documents. Also could pass in a filter to a search web part to display related items with refiners also set in the query.

There is also a Related Documents web part out of the box, though it's unlikely to operate on the rules you're after. Worth a look though.
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Rainer Jeschor earned 1000 total points
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from your requirements, the DocumentSet feature would not fit :-(

To maintain the relation I would create a lookup column which refers to the same library and allows multiple selections.
Important: Each document must have set and maintained its meta data (title) and it should be unique in the library

Then you might use either a custom DataView Web part or search or custom web part or a client scripted solution to display the tree structure - but that will need some brainwork if you have some relations like a document being both a root and a child document (endless loop ...)

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by:Neil Russell
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Thanks for comments both. Pointed me in the way i needed to explore.

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