1. Introduction and Executive Summary    (3WXI)

The Data Reference Model (DRM) is one of the five reference models of the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA). The DRM is a framework whose primary purpose is to enable information sharing and reuse across the federal government via the standard description and discovery of common data and the promotion of uniform data management practices. The DRM describes artifacts which can be generated from the data architectures of federal government agencies. The DRM provides a flexible and standards-based approach to accomplish its purpose. The scope of the DRM is broad, as it may be applied within a single agency, within a Community of Interest (COI)[1] , or cross-COI.    (3YN6)

The DRM provides a standard means by which data may be described, categorized, and shared. These are reflected within each of the DRMís three standardization areas:    (3WXJ)

As a reference model, the DRM is presented as an abstract framework from which concrete implementations may be derived. The DRMís abstract nature will enable agencies to use multiple implementation approaches, methodologies and technologies while remaining consistent with the foundational principles of the DRM.    (3WXM)

The following chapters and appendices are included in this specification:    (3WXN)

[1] Communities of Interest are collaborative groups of user who require a shared vocabulary to exchange information to in pursuit of common goals, interests, and business objectives.    (3YHJ)