Module 1: Learning the basic concepts of GeoDMS

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Key concepts

Before we dig into the practical part, let's discuss some key concept which are fundamental to understanding GeoDMS and enables you to perform analyses.

Every data item has a domain unit, which defines its entity. For example, we have a geographic data set with provinces in the Netherlands. The Netherlands has 12 provinces, so you could say that the domain unit has 12 rows, one row for each province. Within this domain we have information about each province: name, number of inhabitants, and geometry. Those information fields are calles attributes: attributes of the domain unit provinces.

Each of those attributes holds information, and this can be numbers, text, or coordinates. We must tell GeoDMS what kind of information is being stored for each attribute, this is called the values unit.

  • Domain units
  • Attributes
  • Parameters
  • Value units
  • Units
  • Expressions
  • Properties
  • Containers


Configuring an item always consists of several components.

attribute<value type> name (domain) := expression;
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