An article contains reference information about a specific item. The amount of information contained in an article is not always as important as the relationships between the article and other items in the Archive. In many cases, an article serves as “glue” that binds other items together. As such, even an article with very little content plays a key role in “connecting the dots” between related items.

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  • There are two kinds of article items: Document and Text. A Document article has a PDF attachment (as shown above at right) containing information about the item in addition to the item’s metadata. A Text article has only metadata.
  • An article is about a specific subject like a person or business. Other items like images, documents and maps are associated with articles through relationships.
  • It is often the case that there are many photographs of a specific item like a person, house, or vessel, but little information about the item itself. By creating an article for that item and establishing relationships between it and its photographs, all the photographs become implicitly related to each other. When you view one, you see all the others because the article has “glued” them together.

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