DoD Architecture Framework: Vol.2- Architectural Data and Models

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Presentation techniques allow for the communication of many complex or disparate concepts in a context that is meaningful and useful for viewers. Displaying complex information in an effective way can be difficult, but enables the communication and analysis of information. If designed well, a single presentation, a Fit-for-Purpose View, can replace 20 individual documents and display the information with purpose, geared to the targeted stakeholder. This knowledge visualization is accomplished through the use of various techniques, which are each described below. Information is generally presented in textual documents, with associated, imbedded graphical representations. Specific presentation types are educational syllabi; instruction modules; dashboards on accomplishments or status; and graphical charts, such as pie charts, or bar charts.

It is imperative to realize that when choosing how to present data sets, there is no limit on which presentations (Fit-for-Purpose Views) to use. There are countless ways to display information to decision-makers, and it is up to the presentation developer to determine the most effective way to accomplish this task. The remainder of this document will give a base of presentations to start from, each created to serve its own unique purpose. Details are provided on five different presentation techniques that have proven to be useful in engaging various audiences, and a more comprehensive treatment of presentations will be found online in the DoDAF Journal. The five techniques are as follows:

• Composite Presentations: Display multiple pieces of architecture in formats that are relevant to a specific decision-maker.
• Dashboards: Integrate abstracted architecture information for a given business context.
• Fusion Presentations: Display multiple pieces of architecture and incorporate disparate pieces of information that are not captured within the architecture.
• Graphics: Visually represent manipulated data.
• Reference Models: Capture the elements of the architecture and translate those elements into text.

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Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) V2.0 serves as the overarching, comprehensive framework and conceptual model enabling the development of architectures to facilitate Department of Defense (DoD) managers at all levels to use architectures developed under the DoDAF in support of more effective decision-making through organized information sharing across the Department, Joint Capability Areas (JCAs), Components, and Program boundaries. DoDAF V2.0 focuses on architectural data and information required by key DoD decision-makers, rather than on developing individual products. DoDAF Volume 2 describes the technical aspects of data collection and presentation, organized through the DoDAF Meta-model (DM2), enabling the requirements of architecture stakeholders and their viewpoints to be realized through both federation of efforts, and data sharing, as described in Volume 1. DoDAF also serves as the principal guide for development of integrated architectures. DoD Instruction 46301 defines an integrated architecture as, “An architecture consisting of multiple views facilitating integration and promoting interoperability across capabilities and among integrated architectures.”

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