Add a third table:

event table
organization table
responsibility table

Now you can have more than one organization responsible for each event, and
each organization can have one or more events.  Just drop the
"organizationID" from the event table, or leave it as the "Primary
Organization" and everyone else is a sub organization... though that should
probably be kept in the responsibility table, not the event table.


On Sun, 10 Nov 2002, Achilles Maroulis wrote:

> Hi. I have a database designing question to ask.
> I want to build a table of events. Among the other fields there must be a
> field that holds the 'responsible organization' of the event. This
> organization of course will be responsible for other events as well so I
> have to create another table that holds the organizations (id, name, phones,
> director etc) and then just pull the organization id to the events table.
> The problem is that it happens too often to have 2 organizations responsible
> for the same event so I'll have to add them both to the events table in the
> same record.
> How do you advice me to do that?
> I thought that I could use a text field to hold the ids and then when
> searching the database just change the MySQL command from
> "...where'$id'..." (As it would be if only one id was going to be
> used) to
> "...where '$id' in (events.ids)..." or maybe something using LIKE.
> Do you think it can be done this way? Apart from the responsible
> organization I may have other fields in the same table having the same
> problem (for example: the event visitors are staying in one hotel and I want
> to hold control of the hotels as well. Maybe 2 hotels are used instead of
> one). If I solve my problem this way, do you think that it will be too
> difficult or 'heavy' to have more than one condition like this in my
> queries?
> Do you think of any other way?
> Thanx in advance....
> Achilles
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