A data object is defined as a coherent, self-contained piece of information suitable for automated processing.

An application function operates on a data object.

A data object may be communicated via interactions and used or produced by application services.

The name of a data object should preferably be a noun. It should be a useful, self-contained piece of information with a clear meaning to the business, not just to the application level.

Category: Application Layer and Passive structure aspect

Examples: Customer File Data, Insurance Policy Data, Insurance Request Data, Client Database.

Typical Relationships:

  • Access - application component, application function, application interaction, application service
  • Realisation - business object, artifact
  • Used by - application service

Source: Archimate 2.1, Chapter 4 Application Layer


Alongside the breadcrumbs for this item which shows its "ancestry" in concept space, the Child items tab lists its descendants, and the Siblings items tab the concepts that exist under the item's "parent item".