Importing a Data Dictionary

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You can import the Data Dictionary of another data model diagram (DM1 file), making it building a new model easier and more efficient. You can also use macros to perform task such as importing items like domains and object definitions, setting storage parameters on physical tables, and add naming conventions to constraints.

Using a common data dictionary in your models facilitates the re-use and enforcement of established data definitions across multiple data models. When you important a Data Dictionary, the new objects are added to the existing Data Dictionary. ER/Studio Data Architect maintains all existing dictionary objects as well as organization structures.

To import a Data Dictionary:

  1. Choose File > Import Data Dictionary.
  2. In the File Name box, type the name of the data model where the target data Data Dictionary is stored, or browse and locate it.
  3. Choose how you want to handle name duplications by selecting one of the option listed in the Resolve Imported Objects with Duplicate Names pane.
  4. Click Open.

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