Information infrastructure

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Information infrastructure is the totality of information and communication technology , organizational and processing facilities that are necessary for the functioning of the economy and society , but which do not directly serve the production or the generation of profit . It is an "enabling structure for the creation, processing and use of information" .

An information infrastructure offers basic services, the provision of which, in the original understanding, belonged to the sovereign tasks of the state or monopolistic, state-related companies (e.g. Deutsche Bundespost ); Namely, infrastructure policy remains a central element of government action, but private initiative and competition today increasingly to be found in the infrastructure sector.

Network structures form the basis of an information infrastructure ; There are essentially four components of the network infrastructures:

See also: broadband switching network , universal network

Political Initiatives

  • USA : National Information Infrastructure Task Force
  • European Union : Bangemann paper , Commission action plan
  • Germany : Recommendations of the Technology Council (1995), Report INfo 2000 of the Federal Government (1996); Study commission of the Bundestag on the subject of the information society and the future
  • Japan : Advanced information infrastructure


  • Ulrich Riehm: Information Infrastructure . In: Marianne Buder , Werner Rehfeld, Thomas Seeger, Dietmar Strauch (eds.): Basics of practical information and documentation. A manual for an introduction to professional information work. Volume 2. 4., completely revised edition. Saur, Munich et al. 1997, ISBN 3-598-11309-9 , pp. 1034-1046.

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