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The intent of the NIH Enterprise Architecture is to help make the information technology (IT) expenditures of NIH more effectively serve the mission and goals of the organization. There are many ways to organize the information and diagrams that make up the architecture.


In this website we've organized the information primarily along the lines that reflect the principles, which are guidelines that reflect NIH's priorities, the business process and needs of NIH (Business Architecture), the information and user applications (Information Architecture), and the Technology Architecture, which is the underlying infrastructure necessary to support the applications.
This website guides information systems planning, development, implementation, and maintenance. Use this "Guide to NIH Enterprise Architecture" as a quick reference to understand the NIH Enterprise Architecture, its structure, and its content.

Table of Contents

Principles - NIH values that guide IT decision-making and activities and form the foundation for IT architecture, standards, and policy development.
Business Architecture - Introduction - Models and documents that describe NIH's most important work activities and assets.
Information Architecture - Introduction - A series of models that describe and govern NIH's key information assets and applications and their interoperability.
Technology Architecture - Introduction - Current and future technical infrastructure, including hardware and software, that support NIH information systems.
What is a "brick"? - Learn what bricks are, how NIH uses them, and how to read them.
What is a "pattern"? - Learn what patterns are and how to use them.
Community Content - Introduction - Learn through others' experiences with technology or share your own.
How It is Defined - Criteria and justification for standards definition.

Last Updated: December 04, 2011