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21 March 2011

Data modeling

Data modeling is the process of creating a data model by applying formal data model descriptions using data modeling techniques.

In other words Data modeling can be defined as a method used to define and analyze data requirements needed to support the business processes of an organization.

Conceptual, logical and physical schemes :
  • Conceptual schema: This consists of entity classes, representing kinds of things of significance in the domain, and relationships assertions about associations between pairs of entity classes. A conceptual schema specifies the kinds of facts or propositions that can be expressed using the model.
  • Logical schema:  This consists of descriptions of tables and columns, object oriented classes, and XML tags, among other things.
  • Physical schema: describes the physical means by which data are stored. This is concerned with partitions, CPUs, table spaces, and the like.
Modeling methodologies :

Data models represent information areas of interest. While there are many ways to create data models, But only two modeling methodologies standard  top-down and bottom-up are used in real time environment :

  • Bottom-up models : are often the result of a reengineering effort. They usually start with existing data structures forms, fields on application screens, or reports. These models are usually physical, application-specific, and incomplete from an enterprise perspective. They may not promote data sharing, especially if they are built without reference to other parts of the organization.
  • Top-down logical data models, on the other hand, are created in an abstract way by getting information from people who know the subject area. A system may not implement all the entities in a logical model, but the model serves as a reference point or template.

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