Architecture Framework (glossary)

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An architecture framework establishes a common practice for creating, interpreting, analyzing and using architecture descriptions within a particular domain of application or stakeholder community. (ISO/IEC/IEEE 2007)


ISO/IEC/IEEE. 2007. Recommended Practice for Architectural Description of Software-Intensive Systems. Geneva, Switzerland: International Organisation for Standardisation / International Electrotechnical Commissions. ISO/IEC/IEEE 1471:2007. Available at


Examples of architecture frameworks include:

DoDAF: (DOD. 2010. DOD Architecture Framework. Version 2.02. Arlington, VA, USA: US Department of Defense. Available at:

MoDAF: (MOD. 2010. MOD Architecture Framework. Version 1.2.004. UK Ministry of Defence. Available at:

TOGAF: (The Open Group. 2011. TOGAF, version 9.1. Hogeweg, The Netherlands: Van Haren Publishing. Accessed August 29, 2012. Available at:

Zachamn: (Zachman, J. 2008. "John Zachman's Concise Definition of The Zachman Framework™." Zachman International Enterprise Architecture. Accessed August 29, 2012. Available at:

See the section 'Enterprise Architecture Frameworks & Methodologies' in Enterprise Systems Engineering Key Concepts

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