For the purposes of this standard, the following terms and definitions apply. The TOGAF® framework  should be referenced for Enterprise Architecture-related terms not defined in this chapter. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th Edition) should be referenced for all other terms not defined in this chapter.
Any conflict between definitions described here and the TOGAF framework is unintentional. If the definition of a term is specific to the ArchiMate modeling language, and a general definition is defined by the TOGAF framework, then this is noted in the definition.
A reference structure used to classify elements of the ArchiMate core language. It consists of three layers and three aspects.
|The ArchiMate Core Framework is defined in detail in The ArchiMate Core Framework.|
The central part of the ArchiMate language that defines the concepts to model Enterprise Architectures. It includes concepts from three layers: Business, Application, and Technology (including Physical).
A representation of a system from the perspective of a related set of concerns.
|In some sections of this standard, the term “view” is used as a synonym for “architecture view”.|
A specification of the conventions for a particular kind of architecture view.
|In some sections of this standard, the term “viewpoint” is used as a synonym for “architecture viewpoint”.|
An element consisting of other elements from multiple aspects or layers of the language.
An implementation which satisfies the conformance requirements defined by the conformance clause of this standard. See Conformance.
A structure or behavior element in one of the core layers of the ArchiMate language.
|Core elements are described in detail in The ArchiMate Core Framework.|
Basic unit in the ArchiMate metamodel. Used to define and describe the constituent parts of Enterprise Architectures and their unique set of characteristics.
A connection between a source and target concept. Classified as structural, dependency, dynamic, or other.
|Relationships are defined in detail in Relationships and Relationship Connectors.|