Esri and its user community have worked together to develop a set of best-practice geodatabase designs for various application domains. For example, templates have been built for many disciplines: addresses, parcels, hydro, imagery, census and administrative units, homeland security, petroleum, local government, and dozens of additional application areas of GIS.
These industry-specific configurations are intended to help users quickly become productive with the geodatabase and to share what works in a practical setting among users and GIS developer communities. While these configurations are focused on geodatabase implementations, they are founded on many standards and are portable across GIS systems.
For a full catalog of the available configurations, see the ArcGIS Solutions gallery.