What is Entity-Relationship Diagram
A database is a data collection, structured into some conceptual model. Two most common approaches of developing data models are:
- UML diagrams
- ER-model diagrams.
What is Entity-Relationship Diagram? Entity relationship diagrams look very similar to flowcharts, the main difference is the symbols provided by specific ERD notations. There are several models applied in entity-relationship diagrams: conceptual, logical and physical.
Example 1. What is Entity-Relationship Diagram, Crow's foot notation
Creating an entity relationship diagram requires using a specific notation. There are several notations of entity-relationship diagram symbols and their meaning is slightly different. Five main components of common ERD notations are Entities, Actions, Attributes, Cardinality and Connections.
Example 2. What is Entity-Relationship Diagram, Chen's notation
The two of notations most widely used for creating Entity-Relationship Diagrams are:
- Chen's notation
- Crow's foot notation.
Crow’s Foot notation is quite descriptive and easy to understand, meanwhile, the Chen notation is great for conceptual modeling. By the way, the Crow's foot notation originates from the Chen's notation - it is an adapted version of the Chen's notation.
Professional ERD drawing implies knowing of ERD symbols and meanings. Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution from Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park includes icons advocated by Chen's and Crow’s Foot notation that can be used when describing a database.
Example 3. ERD Libraries
In Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM all entity relationship diagram symbols and meaning, work flow shapes, and entity relationship stencils have easy to understand labels helps you while building Entity Relationship Diagram.
Example 4. Entity-Relationship Diagram Symbols
The Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution from ConceptDraw Solution Park extends ConceptDraw DIAGRAM ector graphics and diagramming software with the ability to describe a database using the Entity-Relationship model. Use it to draw with pleasure your own professional-looking Entity-Relationship Diagrams using Chen's or Crow's foot notations.
All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying, or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio, and many other graphic formats) from the ConceptDraw STORE. The Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) Solution is available for all ConceptDraw DIAGRAM or later users.
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Picture: Venn Diagram
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Picture: Database Flowchart Symbols
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Picture: UML Timing Diagram, Design Elements
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Picture: How Do You Make An Accounting Process Flowchart?
When we start to speak about databases, we must always mention database structure visualization. One of the most common ways to do it is to create an entity relationship diagram, and to put appropriate symbols on it. It is important either for database projecting and for its' future maintenance.
Entity Relationship Diagram describes data elements and their relationships within a database. There are a set of special symbols that depict each element of an entity relationship diagram. Entities - represents some stable components such as supplier, employee, invoice, client, etc. Relation symbols show how the entities interact. Attributes define characteristics of the relationships. Attributes can be one-to-one or many-to-many. Physical symbols is used in the physical models. They represent items such as fields, tables, types and keys. ERD physical symbols are the building material for the database. Notation lines are used to illustrate the relationships. The most common method is Crow’s Feet notation. You can use ConceptDraw Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution to represent a database using the Entity-Relationship model.
Picture: Entity Relationship Diagram Symbols