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The ISO/ IEC/ IEEE 42010 Conceptual Model of Architecture Description [1] defines the term architecture framework within systems engineering and software development [2] as:

"An architecture framework establishes a common practice for creating, interpreting, analyzing and using architecture descriptions within a particular domain of application or stakeholder community. Examples of Architecture Frameworks: MODAF, TOGAF, Kruchten's 4+1 view model, RM-ODP."

Especially the domain within a company or other organization is covered by enterprise architecture frameworks.

The Survey of Architecture Frameworks [3] lists some of the available architecture frameworks.

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