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Cows Grazing on Ever Green Knowledge Meadows?

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Dedeurwaerdere, Tom
Journal: The Common Property Resource Digest
Volume: 77
Date: 2006
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2659
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Europe
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
Abstract: "In the realm of the knowledge commons, one sees cows grazing on ever green knowledge meadows. Upon close inspection, one discovers that the more they are grazing, the faster the wealth of knowledge is growing. For the unacquainted visitor this seems to be the commons paradise! However, tragedy is looming also. The tragedy of these ever green meadows is not that the cows graze too much, but that they do not graze enough. "Why would the cows invest time in grazing the deep knowledge web lying under the surface of the grass? What to do with the digital fence that encloses some of the more productive parts? Interlinking the patchwork of knowledge meadows would open an even brighter future for them, but how to decide upon the best way forward?"

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