Funding

National Science Foundation (NSF) Governing Knowledge Commons Research Coordination Network

Brett Frischmann, Kathy Strandburg, and Michael Madison are co-Principal Investigators on an NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN) grant that begins September 1, 2020 and is intended to last for three years, in the total expected amount of $350,000.

The award abstract is here.

The purpose of the RCN is to build the community of knowledge commons researchers and research institutions worldwide and specifically to support workshops, conferences, publications, and research infrastructures focused on knowledge commons research, using the GKC research framework.

The co-PIs anticipate supporting three annual thematic knowledge commons workshops beginning in 2021. Researchers interested in applying for research funding should contact any of the PIs.

The substance of the grant is this:

“Knowledge commons refer to the institutionalized community governance of sharing, creating, and curating a wide range of intellectual and cultural resources. This project will establish a Research Coordination Network (RCN) designed to build a research community that will advance these scientific principles. In doing so it will aid in the development of empirical and theoretical insights into commons governance of shared knowledge, information, and data resources.

“This RCN will assemble researchers from law, the social and behavioral sciences, computer science, and engineering to communicate, coordinate and integrate their research and educational activities across disciplinary and organizational boundaries. Convergence is critical to cross-disciplinary and cross-contextual learning and generalization across disciplines, sectors, cultures, and contexts. The project will facilitate a series of focused working conferences, each organized around a specific subject matter, as well as a convergence conference. The RCN will include convergence of field-building, support of research infrastructure, and dissemination of research knowledge to the public through open access formats.

“This award reflects NSF’s statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation’s intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.”