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I'm not quite sure where those last two I added (mail and money) fit in best; it could be argued that mail ought to got under services, or under transportation; similarly, money could go under services or utilities. -- John Owens 11:09 Apr 4, 2003 (UTC)
OED suggests that the term can be defined quite broadly as "the collective term for the subordinate parts of an undertaking", which leaves the definition wide open. The definitions presented here seem more based on a feeling about what should fit in. In flood risk management people refer to flood defences as "infrastructure". As the subordinate parts of a flood risk mitigation undertaking this would seem to have some validity. I got here from a discussion about whether, in that context, "soft" defence measures such as land use management and tree planting qualify as infrastructure. -- Hamish Harvey
I am working in FEMA's ESF #14 Long Term Community Recover...more specifically, in the Environmental/Infrastructure section. I was wondering how the term infrastructure applies to long term community recovery. If it is in the sense of sewer and waterlines, then I believe that you can't have those lines run effictevly, an effective and efficent infrastructure, without money...or funding. The question I have, is the funding of such systems considered infrastructure? Cassidy
We should really separate out physical infrastructure (economics, urban planning, etc) from the other stuff ... whatever that is. This mush of an article doesn't encourage expansion of either.Rd232 1 July 2005 12:48 (UTC) f
Interesting website. Love the definitions and layered links to subjects. Infrastructure is of particular interest to me as I publish ReNew Canada - The Infrastructure Renewal Magazine (www.renewcanada.net).
typos and errors and overall poor writing
"Most infrastructure is designed by civil engineers, except for telecommunications, electricity and monitoring networks, that are designed mainly by electrical engineers."
is inaccurate and written poorly.
Telecommunications networks, especially inter-networks, are designed by network engineers, not EE's. "Monitoring Networks" has a vague definition here but if you're talking about computer networks, monitoring networks are generally designed by systems engineers or simply, "programmers".
I would absolutely love to edit this article in detail and make it more grammatically correct but unfortunately I don't have the time to do so.
Otherwise I think it's looking pretty good. Decent read. Thanks.
Brevity, breadth and inclusion
"Infrastructure owners must provide access on terms and conditions that do not discriminate on the basis of the user or use." - Brett Frischmann
It is defined by the duties and obligations of its owners. If we wish to remove discrimination, we must correctly identify the infrastructures and provide them. When such capital goods are identified, then they become infrastructure. Nothing competed is infrastructure, no level of global but transient network effects are sufficient.