The role of standards in the development of new informational infrastructure

Vladislav V. Fomin, Marja Matinmikko

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In this chapter, the authors inch towards better understanding of the notion of informational infrastructure and the role of standards in the development of infrastructures in the new information age. Specifically, the authors consider the standardization process as pertaining to informational infrastructure development. They focus on two particular aspects of standardization: temporal dynamics and the social organization. Using Bauman's concept of liquid modernity, the authors argue that standards often become hybrids of solid and liquid modernities linking together different scales of time, space, and social organization. To better illustrate theoretical concepts, they draw on practical examples from the development of informational standards, infrastructures, and services, particularly from the domain of Cognitive Radio Systems (CRS), a new generation of "paradigm changing" communication technologies and services. The aim of this chapter is to offer the scholars of standards and innovation a fresh, non-mainstream perspective on the social and temporal dynamics of standardization and infrastructure development processes, to bring forth new understandings of the complexity of relationships between business, technology, and regulatory domains in the formation of informational infrastructure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystems and Software Development, Modeling, and Analysis
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives and Methodologies
EditorsMehdi Khosrow-Pour
PublisherIGI Global
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4666-6099-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-4666-6098-4
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material


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