Technics Publications

TerminusDB Data Modeling and Schema Design

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The Align > Refine > Design Series, by Steve Hoberman and industry experts

The Align > Refine > Design series covers conceptual, logical, and physical data modeling (schema design and patterns) for leading technologies, combining proven data modeling practices with database-specific features to produce better applications.


Introduction: About Data Models

Data model explanation
Three model characteristics
Three model components
Attributes (and keys)
Three model levels
Conceptual/Business terms (Align)
Logical (Refine)
Physical (Design)
Three model perspectives

Chapter 1: Align

Our animal shelter
Step 1: Ask the six strategic questions
Step 2: Identify and define the terms
Step 3: Capture the relationships

Step 4: Determine the visual
Step 5: Review and confirm
Three tips
Three takeaways

Chapter 2: Refine

Step 1: Apply elicitation techniques
Analyze workloads
Quantify relationships
Step 2: Refine queries
Step 3: Capture attributes and relationships
Three tips
Three takeaways

Chapter 3: Design

Step 1: Select database(s)
Step 2: Add secret sauce
Step 3: Optimize
Support for both document- and graph-oriented queries
Subdocuments and “unfoldable” documents
Git-like collaboration features
Compact in-memory representation
Sharding via data products
First-class relationships
Multiple inheritance / “mixins”
Collection-valued property ranges
Three tips
Three takeaways

Read TerminusDB Data Modeling and Schema Design if you are a data professional who needs to expand your modeling skills to include TerminusDB or a technologist who knows TerminusDB but needs to grow your schema design skills. The book’s introduction and three chapters cover the Align, Refine, and Design approach. We include what the level does in the name by rebranding Conceptual, Logical, and Physical into Align, Refine, and Design. The introduction covers the three modeling characteristics of precise, minimal, and visual; the three model components of entities, relationships, and attributes (including keys); the three model levels of conceptual (align), logical (refine), and physical (design); and the three modeling perspectives of relational, dimensional, and query. Chapter 1, Align, is about agreeing on the common business vocabulary so everyone is aligned on terminology and general initiative scope. Chapter 2, Refine, is about capturing the business requirements. That is, refining our knowledge of the initiative to focus on what is essential. Chapter 3, Design, is about the technical requirements. That is, designing to accommodate our model’s unique software and hardware needs. Align, Refine, and Design—that’s the approach followed in this book and reinforced through an animal shelter case study. If you are interested in learning how to build multiple database solutions, read all the books in the Align > Refine > Design series. Since each book uses the same template, you can quickly skill up on additional database technologies.

About Steve

Steve Hoberman is a world-recognized innovator and thought-leader in the field of data modeling. He has worked as a business intelligence and data management practitioner and trainer since 1990. He is the author of Data Modelers Workbench and Data Modeling Made Simple, the founder of the Design Challenges group and the inventor of the Data Model Scorecard®.

About Donny

Donny Winston is an independent research data engineer working to make research organizations more effective by shifting data management practices from lumpy, bibliographic models to more fine-grained, query-oriented models through designing and deploying FAIR digital objects and services. He is the owner and principal of Polyneme LLC, a co-founder of the FAIR Points event series, and host of the Machine-Centric Science podcast.


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