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Ideas, Artifacts, and Facilities: Information as a Common-Pool Resource

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dc.contributor.author Hess, Charlotte en_US
dc.contributor.author Ostrom, Elinor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:57:03Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:57:03Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2005-05-04 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2005-05-04 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3088
dc.description.abstract "The goal of this paper is to summarize the lessons learned from a large body of international, interdisciplinary research on common-pool resources (CPRs) in the past 25 years and consider its usefulness in the analysis of scholarly information as a resource. We will suggest ways in which the study of the governance and management of common-pool resources can be applied to the analysis of information and 'the intellectual public domain.' The complexity of the issues is enormous for many reasons: the vast number of players, multiple conflicting interests, rapid changes of technology, the general lack of understanding of digital technologies, local versus global arenas, and a chronic lack of precision about the information resource at hand. We suggest, in the tradition of Hayek, that the combination of time and place analysis with general scientific knowledge is necessary for sufficient understanding of policy and action. In addition, the careful development of an unambiguous language and agreed-upon definitions is imperative. "As one of the framing papers for the Conference on the Public Domain, we focus on the language, the methodology, and outcomes of research on common-pool resources in order to better understand how various types of property regimes affect the provision, production, distribution, appropriation, and consumption of scholarly information. Our analysis will suggest that collective action and new institutional design play as large a part in the shaping of scholarly information as do legal restrictions and market forces." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject Workshop en_US
dc.subject institutional analysis--IAD framework en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.subject Internet en_US
dc.subject copyright en_US
dc.subject patents en_US
dc.subject intellectual property rights en_US
dc.subject communication en_US
dc.subject commodification en_US
dc.title Ideas, Artifacts, and Facilities: Information as a Common-Pool Resource en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.subject.sector New Commons en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Law and Contemporary Problems en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 66 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1-2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January en_US
dc.submitter.email arevelle@indiana.edu en_US

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