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Understanding Knowledge as a Commons From Theory to Practice

ISBN-10: 0262083574

ISBN-13: 9780262083577

Edition: 2007

Authors: Charlotte Hess, Elinor Ostrom

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Knowledge in digital form offers unprecedented access to information through the Internet but at the same time is subject to ever-greater restrictions through intellectual property legislation, overpatenting, licensing, overpricing, and lack of preservation. Looking at knowledge as a commons--as a shared resource--allows us to understand both its limitless possibilities and what threatens it. In Understanding Knowledge as a Commons, experts from a range of disciplines discuss the knowledge commons in the digital era--how to conceptualize it, protect it, and build it. Contributors consider the concept of the commons historically and offer an analytical framework for understanding knowledge as a shared social-ecological system. They look at ways to guard against enclosure of the knowledge commons, considering, among other topics, the role of research libraries, the advantages of making scholarly material available outside the academy, and the problem of disappearing Web pages. They discuss the role of intellectual property in a new knowledge commons, the open access movement (including possible funding models for scholarly publications), the development of associational commons, the application of a free/open source framework to scientific knowledge, and the effect on scholarly communication of collaborative communities within academia, and offer a case study of EconPort, an open access, open source digital library for students and researchers in microeconomics. The essays clarify critical issues that arise within these new types of commons--and offer guideposts for future theory and practice. Contributors: David Bollier, James Boyle, James C. Cox, Shubha Ghosh, Charlotte Hess, Nancy Kranich, Peter Levine, Wendy Pradt Lougee, Elinor Ostrom, Charles Schweik, Peter Suber, J. Todd Swarthout, Donald Waters
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 12/1/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408

Charlotte Hess is Director of the Digital Library of the Commons at Indiana University.

Preface
Studying the Knowledge Commons
Introduction: An Overview of the Knowledge Commons
The Growth of the Commons Paradigm
A Framework for Analyzing the Knowledge Commons
Protecting the Knowledge Commons
Countering Enclosure
Reclaiming the Knowledge Commons
Mertonianism Unbound?
Imagining Free, Decentralized Access to Most Cultural and Scientific Material
Preserving the Knowledge Commons
III.` Building New Knowledge Commons
Creating an Intellectual Commons through Open Access
How to Build a Commons
Is Intellectual Property Constrictive, Facilitating, or Irrelevant?
Collective Action, Civic Engagement, and the Knowledge Commons
Free/Open-Source Software as a Framework for Establishing Commons in Science
Scholarly Communication and Libraries Unbound
The Opportunity of the Commons
EconPort
Creating and Maintaining a Knowledge Commons
Glossary
Index