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Organisational relations

By connecting modules by links that express organisational relations, we make explicit the organisation of the modules in the network of modular publications and, in particular, in the individual modular article.4.28 This provides readers with basic `road signs' in the modular structure and allows them to easily navigate between the modules. The relata of organisational relations are only entire modules, not segments of modules.4.29 Organisational relations deal with modules as complete entities, without reference to their content; this is the same approach as in classical document retrieval by the author's name, in which documents are manipulated regardless of their content.

The identification of an organisational relation between modules does not always entail the creation of a link. Some types of organisational relations, rather than providing a reason for the creation of a new link, are represented only in links that have been created for the purpose of expressing another type of relation. They increase the complexity of the structure of such a link, by adding functions to it, and they give rise to additional labels in the full characterisation of the link.

We distinguish six subcategories of organisational relations, which are summarised in figure 4.8: hierarchical, proximity-based, range-based, administrative, representational and sequential relations, as well as two particular types of sequential relations.       
[To the full figure] Figure 4.8: The different types of organisational relations distinguished in the modular model.



 
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