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Framework for Analyzing Scholarly Communication as a Commons

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dc.contributor.author Hess, Charlotte en_US
dc.contributor.author Ostrom, Elinor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:28:54Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:28:54Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-09-11 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-09-11 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/262
dc.description.abstract "In this paper, we extend our previous work, 'Ideas, Artifacts, and Facilities: Information as a Common-Pool Resource' that was presented at the Conference on the Public Domain at Duke University Law School in November 2001 and published in Law & Contemporary Problems (2003) 66 (1-2):111-146, http://www.law.duke.edu/journals/lcp. The Duke paper argues that the dilemmas associated with managing information in the public domain are quite similar to those associated with managing natural resource common-pool resources (CPRs), where we can observe how the development of new technologies changes the structure and processes involved in managing these types of resources over time. We conclude that collective action and institutional design play key roles in shaping economic and social aspects of information. "This paper broadens the scope and presents a methodological tool for analyzing scholarly communication as a commons. The Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework can be a useful instrument to better understand this complex resource. Scholarly communication is a much larger and more complex resource than the intellectual public domain. It includes all kinds of scholarly information, with varying types of property rights regimes. It encompasses both the products, as well as the processes of teaching, research, creativity and other types of academic scholarship. "Conceptualizing scholarly communication as a commons has the advantage of putting focus on the need for collective action, self-governance, and evolving rules that are required for the successful management and sustainability of all shared resources. Applying institutional analysis enables a clearer understanding of the various human-technology-resource relationships, and how new technologies change the nature of the commons. As with the 'environment,' this knowledge commons holds within it an entire ecosystem that reflects complex interactions between humans and the resources. "Understanding this new type of commons and applying an institutional analysis framework may facilitate a new, interdisciplinary, research agenda. This is a particularly difficult area to study and get one's hands around. And, as with all shared resources, management issues can be complex, conflicts can develop, and outcomes are uncertain. The research agenda we propose would bring to the fore the most basic and fundamental questions in society: Is the scholarly communication system, as it is developing, sustainable? Are we making wise and informed decisions as we rapidly change our universities? Do universities have increased or decreased responsibilities to society? Is the relationship between knowledge and democracy still understood in the academic mission?" en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject communication en_US
dc.subject information commons en_US
dc.subject institutional analysis--IAD framework en_US
dc.subject intellectual property rights en_US
dc.subject universities en_US
dc.subject knowledge en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject Workshop en_US
dc.title Framework for Analyzing Scholarly Communication as a Commons en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Workshop on Scholarly Communication as a Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates March 31-April 2, 2004 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN en_US
dc.submitter.email lwisen@indiana.edu en_US

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