View NAF:NOV-7 Information Model Subview



The NOV-7 Information Model subview is part of the NATO Operational View and one of the 49 NATO Architecture Framework subviews.

Version & Date

Version 3.1

* =  changed at 3.1

+ =  new at 3.1

The change history is derived from the definition of each NATO Architecture view within section 5.2.4 NATO Operational View (NOV) in AC/322(SC/1-WG/1)N(2009)0005-ADD2.  NATO Architecture Framework Version 3.1 document from .

See NAF Release History.


From the NATO Architecture Framework v3, CHAPTER 4, Section 4.5.7

The purpose of an information model is to analyze the information aspects of the operational domain and to guide the design of information systems. By contrast, a data model is used to design the data presentation, handling and storage functionality of an information system.

An information model should not be confused with a data model. Although the distinction between the two is not clear, they at least serve different purpose. There is a grey area where information models and data models overlap. Often, a high-level logical data model is presented as a conceptual data model, or even as an information model. The purpose of the high-level abstraction is to hide the details of an often complex logical data model in order to facilitate the communication of it to those who are not familiar with the techniques involved in data modelling.

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From the NATO Architecture Framework v3.1, CHAPTER 5, Section

An information model is a representation of a domain object model according to its information aspect. In other words, it is a model of the information about the concepts in the universe of discourse, relevant to the architecture effort. E.g. if the operational domain recognises the existence of a concept called weapons platform, then the information model would contain information objects that reflect what we want to know about weapons platforms and what we want to communicate about weapons platforms to others. As such, the information model is inherently of a conceptual nature. Information models address the information aspect of the universe of discourse. They are not intended to reflect data storage solutions.

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Data Objects

No data objects appear to exist in NAF to allow this view to be populated.


Configuration History

  • 3.1. changes name from NOV-7 Information Model Subview to NOV-7 Information Model Subview



  • Section (page 217 of pdf) of APPENDIX 1 TO ANNEX 1 TO AC/322-D(2007)0048. NATO Architecture Framework Version 3.
  • Section (page 386 of pdf) of APPENDIX 1 TO ANNEX 1 TO AC/322-D(2007)0048. NATO Architecture Framework Version 3.
  • Section of Chapter 5 AC/322(SC/1-WG/1)N(2009)0005-ADD2 NATO Architecture Framework Version 3.1


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