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This presentation focuses on the design of GIS databases, starting with topographical structure. Database design is a scheme in which database goals are defined and database alternatives are laid out, analyzed, and an alternative is selected or recommended. It implies that goals are identified and set, and it has a structured decision making process consisting of the following steps: 1)identify goals of database, 2)identify issues or problems in the way of goal achievement, 3)identify alternatives to resolve issues, 4)select or recommend an alternative, 5)test alternative, and 6)act or implement. The presentation also includes tips for geographic analysis, scale and other ways to help make the database as useful as possible.
Missouri Spatial Data Information Service