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Garden Case Study (cont'd)

Garden Display Submodel

After the garden model had been deployed as a database we were able to track many useful facts in a fairly straightforward way. But our gardener wanted more. They liked being able to manage plantings but also wanted to be able Display Submodel to manage on a larger scale. For example, they wanted to keep track of watering, fertilizing, and pest control for whole garden areas that might include multiple garden beds. They also wanted to actually see and interact with representations of the garden they were managing. This introduced some new concepts and changed some of our previous assumptions, especially about Location.

The idea of representing the garden features in a display introduces a whole new domain of information. We have to present the garden as a map that the gardener could interact with which meant we had to include some new types of information concerning geographical locations.

For example, a bed was modeled as a type of container residing in a location. The gardener, however views a bed as a specific place on the property with its own characteristics such as orientation and dimension.

This meant we had to include some mapping and display entities to manage information from a visual perspective. It also meant we would be able to collect information that would be impossible to enter manually about the relative locations of individual plants..

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