On the safety implications of e-governance: assessing the hazards of enterprise information architectures in safety-critical applications

Johnson, C.W. and Raue, S. (2010) On the safety implications of e-governance: assessing the hazards of enterprise information architectures in safety-critical applications. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6351, pp. 402-417. (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-15651-9_30)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-15651-9_30

Abstract

Governments across Europe and North America have recently reviewed the ways in which they provide both the public and their own departments with access to electronic data. Information service architectures have been proposed as one important component of the new e-Governance visions. These web-based technologies offer huge benefits by defining common interfaces between different information systems, enabling government services to share information with the members of the public and among each other. However, the introduction of e-Governance architectures also creates a number of concerns. Inaccuracies or errors can be propagated well beyond the organizations that are responsible for maintaining the resource. There is also a concern that data, which was originally gathered for general applications, will be integrated into safety-critical systems without the corresponding levels of assurance or data integrity. This paper advocates the creation of a code of practice for the digital dissemination of safety-related information across government departments.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Raue, Mr Stefan and Johnson, Professor Chris
Authors: Johnson, C.W., and Raue, S.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0302-9743
ISSN (Online):1611-3349
ISBN:3642156509
Published Online:01 January 2010

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