View Architecture Viewpoint

ISO/IEC 42010:2007 (IEEE 1471-2000) states:

A specification of the conventions for constructing and using a view. A pattern or template from which to develop individual views by establishing the purposes and audience for a view and the tech- niques for its creation and analysis.

In these terms an architecture viewpoint defines the requirements against which an architecture view is produced. For each view there is a single specification - the architecture viewpoint.

ISO/IEC 42010:2007 states:

5.3 Selection of architectural viewpoints

Each viewpoint shall be specified by

a) A viewpoint name,
b) The stakeholders to be addressed by the viewpoint,
c) The concerns to be addressed by the viewpoint,
d) The language, modeling techniques, or analytical methods to be used in constructing a view based upon the viewpoint,
e) The source, for a library viewpoint (the source could include author, date, or reference to other doc- uments, as determined by the using organization).

A viewpoint specification may include additional information on architectural practices associated with using the viewpoint, as follows:


  • Formal or informal consistency and completeness tests to be applied to the models making up an associated view
  • Evaluation or analysis techniques to be applied to the models
  • Heuristics, patterns, or other guidelines to assist in synthesis of an associated view
  • •
  • Viewpoint specifications may be incorporated by reference (such as to a suitable recommended practice or previously defined practice).


The ISO 42010 use of viewpoint as a specification for an architectural view is quite different from the MODAF Viewpoint which is a grouping or architectural views.

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