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Chapter 6: Challenges to the Development... > OWNERSHIP OF INFORMATION INFRASTRUCT... - Pg. 120

Challenges to the Development of Information Infrastructures infrastructure resources to accommodate diverse (and often conflicting) needs. OWNERSHIP OF INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCES The key resources of an information infrastructure are the information resources created, stored, and shared across different users. Defining the ownership of these information resources will usually involve challenges in devising regulative mechanisms, while managing the heterogeneity of interests involved. Devising regulative mechanisms for informa- tion resources (i.e. assuring that rights are not exceeded and that the institutional rules governing rights are not violated) is challenged by the dif- ficulties involved in ascribing the source of any particular information resource. That is, informa- who would have access to locally and nationally held information and under what circumstances, it became evident that operational security over the use of national care records would be impossible primarily because of the "nature of the environ- ment" in the NHS, as BT management noted (HC, 2007a, pp.39). BT management referred to the way NHS organizations are freely accessible to the public and IT security is unlikely to be closely monitored in busy hospital departments. As a consequence, a number of regulative mechanisms were to be introduced to address operational se- curity concerns including a registration process for the production of smartcards based on role- based access, as well as the establishment of the legitimacy of the relationship between a patient and a user. However, soon after these mechanisms were announced there was a lot of criticism that in different localities where there is a lot of changing roles, it would be extremely difficult to deal with