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Data Model Scorecard: Applying the Industry Standard on Data Model Quality by Steve Hoberman

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Chapter 9 Category Six: Standards How well does the model follow naming standards?

The “Standards” category makes sure the data model adheres to naming standards including structure, term, and style.

Structure means that the proper building blocks are being used for entities, relationships, and attributes. For example, entities should be singular nouns, relationships should be present tense verbs, and attributes are traditionally built from three components: a subject (also known as a “prime”); zero, one, or more modifiers; and a classword (classwords are the last part of an attribute name such as “Name,” “Code,” or “Amount”). ...

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