The U.S. Air Force released a document outlining the service’s approach to implement principles to provide airmen access to secure, visible, accessible, understandable, linked and trusted data using open data services technologies and architectural design patterns. The Data Services Reference Architecture was released as part of the Digital Air Force initiative, which seeks to harness the power of data to keep pace with adversaries, the service said Wednesday.
The document signed by Air Force Undersecretary Matthew Donovan offers guidance about how to design, build, implement and adopt major command and functional data platforms, promotes adherence to common standards and specifications to achieve SVAULT principles and seeks to provide a common language for stakeholders.
DSRA includes four capability layers with microservices and value-added services overlays. These layers are data product consumer services; enterprise data and analytics services; enterprise metadata services and data platform foundation services.
The service said adherence to the document advances the use of cloud services, commercial-off-the-shelf software and open-source software platforms “while remaining product and vendor agnostic,” which could help the Air Force to be more agile and deliver capabilities on a monthly basis.