Reference Architecture

In the world there are many reference architectures that 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 is a reference architecture 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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