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architecture viewpoints and models

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Visualizing architectural data is accomplished through models. Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) described models are grouped into viewpoints. Models can be documents, spreadsheets, dashboards, or other graphical representations and serve as a template for organizing and displaying data in a more easily understood format. When data are collected and presented as a "filled-in" model, the result is called a view. Organized collections of views (often representing processes, systems, services, standards, etc.) are referred to as viewpoints and, with appropriate definitions, are collectively called the Architectural Description. Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) Viewpoints are: All, Capability, Data and Information, Operational, Project, Services, Standards, and Systems.