Thanks for the reply XavierP,
What I don't understand is what I actually need to do to accomplish this.
Do I need "software A", to produce "document B", which in turn is stored in "location C"?
I mean, I've looked at MySQL and PostgreSQL's home pages, but I don't understand what these facilities actually do?
It wouldn't be a problem to just scan all the images/documents in, but how would I go about managing them, so they're searchable ? For instance do the doc's/images need "meta data" somehow, so they can be searched for, what with all being education related, I would have to be able to identify similar things quickly (and in a basic way, as Clare's not exactly what you could call "computer literate", she can manage Office 2k and windows, but anything linux is a mystery - I would have to do anything "image edit/ocr" related?
This is the kind of info that I need to find out, as I have virtually no understanding of how databases work, or what they can actually do (though it does seem to be a "good idea" to actually have some "proper" work for my pc - as opposed to it being a glorified typewriter