What is a reference architecture?

A reference architecture is a set of documents that the technologists—developers, architects, project managers—in a jurisdiction can use to accelerate the planning process for information sharing, while simultaneously aligning the final outcomes with proven best practices. A reference architecture is a tool practitioners can use to make it easier to develop a well-conceived, formal approach to designing information sharing solutions/systems. A key benefit of reference architecture is that it helps promote consistent thinking and approaches among the people who use it, even if they have not shared information with each other.

Source: GRA Frequently Asked Questions