[OSGeo-Discuss] Sharing GIS Data Models

Rafal Wawer huwer at iung.pulawy.pl
Thu Jun 21 01:08:40 PDT 2012

HI Landon,
Sounds very interesting, especially Public Land Survey model.
Did you think about using an UML editor for the job instead Inkscape?

INSPIRE Directive spatial data models 
(I had the pleasure to participate in the development of the models for
biodiversity themes)

are written in UML using a commercial tool, but there are several free tools

The benefits of this UML editor approach is, that using certain tools you can
translate the data model directly into the database structure or even to code.

Best regards:

On Wed, 20 Jun 2012 21:14:21 -0700, Landon Blake wrote
> I recently started work on a GIS for a small sewer district at my day
> job. I'm currently using diagrams I created in Inkscape
> (http://inkscape.org/) to illustrate the following elements of my GIS
> data model:
> 1) Simple Feature Attributes
> 2) Individual Feature Level Metadata
> When the data model documentation process is complete I hope to also
> have diagrams for the additional elements of my GIS data model:
> 1) Topology Data
> 2) Feature Relationships
> 3) Feature Editing History
> The diagrams will be combined with a short written guide to document
> the data model. I plan on sharing all of the data model, including 
> its design, the SVG and PDF files of the diagrams, and the written guide.
> I'd like to release all of that under a Creative Commons License. If 
> I can find time, I'll tweak the diagrams to create templates that could
> be easily applied to other data models.
> Is there any interest among other OSGeo members in these data model
> documents and templates? If there is, I'd love to gather feedback 
> from interested parties. If there was enough interest, I'd like to talk
> about hosting an open data model page similar to the one here:
> http://support.esri.com/en/downloads/datamodel
> I'd could commit to maintaining the data for the sewer data model, 
> and hope to add data models for the Public Land Survey System and Flood
> Control Infrastructure before the end of the year. If there isn't
> interest in doing that as part of OSGeo, I'll put up a set of GIS 
> data model pages here:
> http://www.ccvgpg.org/
> Ultimately my goal is to encourage better documentation and sharing 
> of GIS data model design. Inkscape is a really wonderful vector graphics
> program that makes it possible to do this in a beautiful way using
> common templates.
> If there is any interest, I'll share what I've got so far, and will
> move the conversation to the OSGeo standards mailing list.
> Thanks.
> Landon
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DR. Rafal Wawer
The Department of Soil Science Erosion Control and Land Protection
The Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation - State Research institute
ul. Czartoryskich 8
24-100 Puławy

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