Cabinet, Dossier and Folder

This page explains what a cabinet, a dossier and a folder is and how you can make use of it on Dragon1.

Here you can read a best practice on setting up a cabinet, dossier and folder structure.

1. What is a Cabinet?

The highest level of partitioning your repository on Dragon1 is called a cabinet. A cabinet is a logical partition of storage in your database/repository. Imagine this as a closet in a room consisting of drawers.


A cabinet can be created in the Architecture Repository and the Visual Designer. In the Architecture Repository, you have more control over the attributes of a Cabinet.

To create a cabinet click on the 'New Cabinet' button bar. Next, the New Edit Dialog appears. Enter a name and a title for the Cabinet in this dialog and click OK. In the treeview of the explorer, you will see a new Cabinet being added.

Often the name of an organization, the name of a program of change, the name of a product or services or the name of a period is used for the name of a cabinet.

2. What is a Dossier?

A dossier is a logical storage area within the database as part of a cabinet. This can be imagined as a drawer of a closet in which folders are kept.

To create a new dossier, select the 'New Dossier' button in the button bar. Enter a name and a title in the New Edit dialog and click OK. In the treeview of the explorer you will see a new dossier being added.

Often the name of a project, the name of client, the name of a deliverable or the name of a department or team is used for the name of a dossier.

3. What is a Folder?

A folder is a logical storage area for all kinds of entities like goals, products, processes, services, principles, diagrams, presentations, models and designs.

Often the name of the type of content items that will be placed in the folder, is used for the name of a folder. Or the folder is given the name of a whole, where the things that are contained in the folder are part of it.

To create a folder, open a cabinet, select a dossier and click the 'New Folder' button in the button bar. Enter a name and a title for the folder in the New Edit dialog. Click OK and see the new folder added in the Explorer Tree View. Now your folder is ready to have items stored in it.

Create, Edit and Move a Folder

Folders can be created, edited and moved. You can create as many folders as you like. You can rename them as often as you like. You can move folders to other folders. Dossiers and folders can have folders as childs. Cabinets cannot have folders as childs.

To move a folder to another folder, select the folder. Click Edit in the button bar and change the parent folder in the New Edit dialog and click OK.

Cut, Copy and Paste a Folder

You can cut, copy and paste a Folder. To copy a folder, select the folder, go to the Edit menu and click Copy. Next, select a new folder and click Paste in the Edit menu. You see in the Explorer TreeView a copy of the folder being made.

If you copy a folder you can choose to copy it with or without its contents (all child folders recursively or only the current folder content).