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Nowadays, many applications need data modeling facilities for the description of complex objects with spatial and/or temporal facilities. Responses to such requirements may be found in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), in some DBMS, or in the research literature. However, most of existing models cover only partly the requirements (they address either spatial or temporal modeling), and most are at the logical level, hence not well suited for database design. This paper proposes a spatio-temporal modeling approach at the conceptual level, called MADS. The proposal stems from the identification of the criteria to be met for a conceptual model. It is advocated that orthogonality is the key issue for achieving a powerful and intuitive conceptual model. Thus, the proposal focuses on highlighting similarities in the modeling of space and time, which enhance readability and understandability of the model.