A couple of posts ago Thomas R. Bruce reminded me of the work that he, and a team of others, had done for Cornell’s Legal Information Institute on modelling American legislation. This is an extremely useful project that anyone working on modelling data of any kind would benefit from reviewing.
On the project website you will find project documentation, visual documentation and documentation on data model versions. I returned to the project documentation myself this past weekend and found myself having some difficulty conceptualizing the written report as a whole.
This is partly due to the lack of an outline and the authors’ practice of nesting sections within sections and then interspersing them within larger parts, but it’s probably more likely due to the failing inner workings of my own infeebled brain. Anyway, to make a long story short, I was confused and decided to map out the contents of this report so that I might take in the whole more easily.
I think the process has helped me clarify their approach to data modelling and I thought this outline might be useful for others interested in studying this report.
Modeling Legislative Information: Narrative Documentation for the Data Model
Thomas R. Bruce, Sara S. Frug, Diane Hillmann, John Joergensen, Jon Phipps
September 20, 2012
Outline Extracted by F. Tim Knight