Reference Architecture

In the world many reference architectures make it easier to start working with architecture in an organization. Also auditing or benchmarking an architecture can be done with a reference architecture.

Dragon1 defines reference architecture as: an architecture that is used or can be used as a reference.

This normally means that a reference architecture points to other implementations of the concepts that are part of the reference architecture.

In practice, we see a different usage of the term reference architecture, as in that the enterprise architecture of an organization is called reference architecture and that a reference architecture is used for business lines, business units, departments, programs, and projects.

European Reference Architectures

https://ec.europa.eu/isa2/solutions/e-documents-reference-architecture_en

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/new-version-european-
interoperability-reference-architecture-available

https://www.plattform-i40.de/I40/Redaktion/EN/Downloads/Publikation/hm-
2018-manufacturing.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=2

American Reference Architectures

https://www.dragon1.com/downloads/DoD-ref-architecture.pdf

https://dodcio.defense.gov/Library/DoD-Architecture-Framework/

https://dodcio.defense.gov/Portals/0/Documents/DIEA/Ref_Archi_Description_
Final_v1_18Jun10.pdf

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