I started this within another thread and realised that it should be in its own thread so here it is. The original post can be found here:
A couple of folks commented here:
I teach theology amongst other things. I have extensive teaching material that I have prepared and have been looking for a way to classify it. I came across an excellent classification system that is extremely detailed and each theme and sub-theme has a unique number identifier, although sub-themes carry the major themes number. So for example God is 1000, God being all-knowing is 1020, the anger of God is 1025. Jesus is 2000 and all the sub-themes start with a 2… and so on.
I want to use these numbers in my info manager for naming documents of a particular subject. It means I can reduce the folders I use as the numbers of a theme tend to sit together. However, the problem I currently have is that this thematic system runs into 10,000 words. I have them all in a single text document and each theme and sub-theme is on a separate line. My problem is in finding themes and sub-themes. The major themes are fairly simple, but many sub-themes appear in different major themes. For example, ‘Anger’ appears under the theme of God and Jesus. If I want to search for ‘Anger’ to find its numerical classification I have to cycle through using the ‘find next’ rather than having all the lines only with ‘Anger’ in them showing up.
How can I create and index that would show all the themes with this word in them? Here is a small sample of what the text document currently looks like:
activity of 1305
anger of 1025,256
as judge 1310
as redeemer 1315
as Saviour 1320
as shepherd 1220
as Spirit 1225
compassion of 1030
descriptions of See God, titles and descriptions of 1200
face of See face of God 1255 faithfulness of 1035
fatherhood of 1040
Jesus Christ 2000
anger of 2009
as creator 2303
as high priest 2306,1293
as judge 2309
as king 2312
as king of the Jews 2 225
as Lamb 2315
I do have DevonThink Pro Office and was wondering if it was possible to use this.
Some suggestions have already been made (please see the above links), but I’ll précis here:
I really like the tags idea, but have hit a bit of a snag. How do I get a single text document of some 10,000 lines into DTPO as separate items so that they can be tagged?
Also, is DTPO the best option? Would a Wiki be better or some other software I have not heard of yet?
Your help is much appreciated!