Working with Local Projects


After completing this lesson, you will be able to Identify local projects.

Define and Create a Local Project

A project is a named local workspace that contains the resources used to build one or more universes. It can contain any number of independent resources, for example data foundations, business layers, and connections. All resources contained within a project can be used interchangeably. For example, a connection can be used by several data foundations within the same project.

A project can be shared so that multiple designers can work on the same resources.

Local Project Creation

The first step in creating resources in the Information Design Tool is to create a local project in the Local Projects View. You cannot create any universe resource until you have a project in which to store the resource.

The resources and folders in a local project are stored as physical files and folders in the local file system. The Local Projects View allows you to navigate local projects and open resources in the information Design Tool.

Populating a Project with Resources

Once you have created a local project, there are several ways you can populate it with resources:

  • Create resources using the wizards available in the New menu.

  • Convert a .unv universe that was created with the universe design tool or migrated from an earlier version.

  • Retrieve a published universe.

You open and edit the resources using the Information Design Tool editors by double-clicking the resource name in the local project.

Operations Allowed on Local Resources

  • Create a shared project so that you can share resources with other designers.

  • Check the integrity of data foundations and business layers.

  • Publish a business layer as a universe to the local file system or a repository.

  • Publish a connection to a repository.

  • Show dependent resources.

  • Save a resource as a report.

How to Create a Local Project

Create a new local project and give it a unique name.


  1. Choose FileNewProject.

  2. Give the project a unique name.


    In the Project Location text box, the default local file path appears.
  3. To select a different local folder to contain the local project, choose Browse in the Project Location text box.

  4. Choose Finish.


The project is created in the local file system and displayed in the Local Projects View.

Create a Local Project for a Universe

Your organization has chosen to use the Information Design Tool to create a universe. The process uses a SQLAnywhere17 database to provide nontechnical business users with semantically understandable business objects. These users can then analyze data and create reports using relevant business language, regardless of the underlying data sources and structures. The first step in the data foundation and business layer creation process is to create a local project.

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