Esri Press

Designing Geodatabases : Case Studies in GIS Data Modeling

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This highly visual guide to creating a dynamic geographic data model helps ArcGIS users design schemas that have comprehensive and descriptive query definitions, user-friendly cartographic displays, and increased performance standards.

Designing Geodatabases outlines five steps for taking a data model through its conceptual, logical, and physical phases—modeling the user’s view, defining objects and relationships, selecting geographic representations, matching geodatabase elements, and organizing the geodatabase structure. Several design models for a variety of applications are considered, including addresses and locations, census units and boundaries, stream and river networks, and topography and the basemap.

Designing Geodatabases: Case Studies in GIS Data Modeling won the 2005 Ben Franklin Award for best professonal/technical/computer book. It received a 10 out of 10 for use of illustrations, quality of writing, and information.

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David Arctur is currently the director of interoperability programs with The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc (OGC). He received his doctorate in urban and regional planning at the University of Florida. Arctur has more than 18 years of programming experience, including more than 6 years in object-oriented programming and 10 years in database application design and development. He has authored articles for International Journal of Geographical Information Science, IEEE Computer Magazine, and Earth Observation & Mapping Magazine.

Michael Zeiler is a technical writer and data model specialist at ESRI with 20 years of GIS experience diagramming GIS concepts, building data models, and programming. He has authored the best-selling books; Modeling Our World, and Exploring ArcObjects.

ISBN: 9781589480216    2004   408 pages   $44.95