A Comparison of Tools for Designing and Visualizing Geodatabase Schema
Many geospatial data managers have used ArcCatalog to create Geodatabases and their associated datasets, relationship classes, domains, subtypes and spatial relationships/rules. However, numerous additional free tools are available that can assist with the process of designing geodatabase schema, as well as with visualization and sharing of the resulting data model. This session will cover the most appropriate uses of ArcGIS Diagrammer, Geodatabase Diagrammer, and X-Ray for ArcGIS, among others, and will highlight how they can be integrated with ArcCatalog itself. The functionality, advantages and limitations of each software tool will be discussed, and the presenter will highlight issues he faced and lessons he learned while using these tools to create new schema for a client’s existing database.