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Civil information management, a short introduction: an information discipline for society and the metaphor of traffic

Pieter Wisse


Abstract
With pervasive digital interconnectivity, the limited perspective of the separate organization is increasingly causing social problems while opportunities remain unrecognized and are therefore being missed. Complementing more or less traditional IS, a disciplined approach is urgently also required for information exchange/traffic at the scale of society. Analogous with civil engineering providing for physical infrastructure, I’ve labeled it civil information engineering or management. Whereas civil as in civil engineering originated as a departure from military engineering, civil information management should right away orient itself at civilization, i.e. supporting civic values and civil rights. Please note that infrastructure is not confined to material resources. Especially for regulating (information) traffic, infrastructure includes the legal framework, rules, procedures, etcetera. Illustrating civil information management, several themes are explained from an infrastructural perspective: authenticity, activity, authorization, audit trail, and archiving.

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Reference:Wisse, P. (2007). "Civil information management, a short introduction: an information discipline for society and the metaphor of traffic," University of Amsterdam, Netherlands . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 7(12). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/7-12
Keywords:civil information management, information society, information traffic, infrastructure, behavioral diversity, metapattern, interconnectivity, authenticity, activity, authorization, audit trail, archiving
Item Type:Article - Volume 7 Article 12 (2007)
Language:English
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