How are knowledge, information, and other shared intellectual resources governed? The goal of this Workshop is to highlight commons governance as a potentially important and effective alternative to the default options usually considered in literatures on these sorts of intangible things:  market-based transactions in individual entitlements (such as copyrights and patents) and public subsidies (such as grants, public procurement, government ownership, and tax subsidies).

For a general, brief description of knowledge commons, see this summary.

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

Our program is grounded initially in a research framework described initially in Michael J. Madison, Brett M. Frischmann & Katherine J. Strandburg, Constructing Commons in the Cultural Environment, 95 Cornell L. Rev. 657 (2010).

The Governing Knowledge Commons research framework is described more fully here.


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