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Schema Composer

Getting to know the Schema Composer



Introducing the Schema Composer

The Schema Composer is a powerful and productive tool for working with information that is shared between organizations or within organizations. Many industries, domains and organizations have defined a shared information model or schema and mandate or encourage parties to use this model when sharing information. The Schema Composer is a tool that helps analysts and others to define messages that comply with the schemas and thus comply with the mandated formats.

Using the Schema Composer in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Where to find the Schema Composer

Ribbon: Specialize > Tools > Schema Composer > Open Schema Composer

Usage of the Schema Composer

The Schema Composer can be used to work with a number of standards including:

  • The Common Information Model (CIM)
  • National Information Exchange Modeling (NIEM)
  • United Nations Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) Modeling Methodology (UMM), specifically the Naming and Design Rules (NDR) 2.1 and 3.0
  • Universal Business Language (UBL), specifically the Naming and Design Rules (NDR) 3.0

A modeler can however define their own schema using the tool either for use within an organization or as part of a standards or technical committee. Other standards will be added as more agencies and industry groups adopt the tool.

Options for the Schema Composer

The Schema Composer can also be used to create a definition of the same message using a number of different formats such as:

  • XSD - (XML Schema Definition)
  • RDFS - (Resource Description Framework Schema)
  • JSON - (JavaScript Object Notation)

Learn more about the Schema Composer

Schema Composer