The Data Reference Model (DRM) is one of the Reference Models of the IndEA Framework (#IndEA) (#IndEADRM) and the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (#FEAF) (#FEAFDRM).

DRM provides the structure and description of the department’s data (metadata), the logical data model (depicting the relationship between various data elements), taxonomy, the security associated with each data element and its sharing. It provides the framework to design the 3 components of Data Architecture, namely, Data Description, Data Context and Data Sharing. These 3 areas deal with Discovery, Creation, Management and Exchange of enterprise data. Database Schema, Data Steward and Exchange Package are the key concepts/ components in the 3 areas respectively. Defining Metadata and Data Standards are key activities in the design of Enterprise Data Architecture.

Source: The IndEA document at the India Enterprise Architecture (IndEA) website.