How are knowledge, information, and other shared intellectual resources governed? What resources matter? What challenges and opportunities do they present? What are the strengths and weaknesses of informal norms shared by self-managed groups? What are the roles of the state, and of technology?
The goal of the Workshop on Governing Knowledge Commons is to highlight commons governance as a potentially important and effective alternative to the default options usually considered in literatures on these questions, in particular market-based transactions in individual entitlements (such as copyrights and patents) and state or public subsidies (such as grants, public procurement, government ownership, and tax subsidies). Those systems are important and relevant, as are systems of informal norms and community self-governance. Full research-based accounts of knowledge and information production and use requires integrating those perspectives in systematic ways.
This Workshop and its methods are inspired by the work of The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. This Workshop differs from the one at IU in that it is virtual, as a network of nodes or collaborative research centers, rather than being physically housed at one geographic location. Individual researchers and research groups are collaborating and in regular communication with one another while at the same time pursuing separate research programs on Knowledge Commons Governance.
The following two resources are excellent starting points: