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Create a Data Model Diagram

To model the structure of a relational database you use Data Modeling diagrams, which are extended Class diagrams. When you open a Data Modeling diagram the matching Diagram Toolbox is automatically opened, which contains the diagram elements:

  • Table
  • View
  • Procedure
  • Sequence
  • Function
  • Association and
  • Database Connection


Display the 'New Diagram' dialog using any of the methods outlined here.


Design > Diagram > Add Diagram

Context Menu

Right-click on Package | Add Diagram

Right-click on element | Add | Add Diagram

Keyboard Shortcuts



Browser window caption bar menu | New Diagram

Create a Data Modeling diagram



See also


Defaults to the name of the Package selected in the Browser window or, if the parent is an element, the name of the Package containing that element.

If you are adding a diagram directly to a Package and notice that it is not the correct Package, click on the Browse package button and browse for the correct Package.


If you are adding a diagram to an element, this field displays the element name.


This field defaults to the name of the parent Package or element.

If required, overtype the default name with your preferred name.

Select From

Click on this header and select the Perspective Group and Perspective or Workspace most appropriate to the area you are working in (in this instance, 'Information Engineering > Database Models').

From the options listed in the panel, click on 'Extended'.

Add New Diagrams

Diagram Types

Click on 'Data Modeling'.


Click on this button to create the diagram.

The Diagram View displays the blank diagram, and the 'Data Modeling' pages display in the Diagram Toolbox.

Drag elements and connectors from the Toolbox onto your diagram, to create your data model.

Data Modeling Toolbox


  • The default diagram connector notation for all new diagrams is Information Engineering, although many data modelers prefer the notation IDEF1X; to make this change select 'Design > Diagram > Manage > Properties > Connectors' and click on the required option in the 'Connector Notation' drop-down list

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