Assembling the core data files

The core files must be assembled from your own data through a process of your choosing. If your data is well organized and has a good correspondence to the Patchworks data model, it may suffice to simply rearrange your existing data in to the core input files. This process quickly becomes complicated and it is easy to make to make mistakes, so this is recommend for experts only.

A more reliable and easily sharable method is to use the Matrix Builder process that is part of the Patchworks toolkit. The Matrix Builder

The toolkit also contains a number of translators to import recipes from other aspatial models such as SFMM or Woodstock. See the section called “XML Forest Models”.

After reviewing this chapter you may want to investigate the ForestModel References to get the full details of the ForestModel "language".