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Public or Private Economies of Knowledge: The Economics of Diffusion and Appropriation of Bioinformatics Tools

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dc.contributor.author Harvey, Mark
dc.contributor.author McMeekin, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-02T19:44:48Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-02T19:44:48Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5986
dc.description.abstract "The past three decades have witnessed a period of great turbulence in the economies of biological knowledge, during which there has been great uncertainty as to how and where boundaries could be drawn between public or private knowledge especially with regard to the explosive growth in biological databases and their related bioinformatic tools. This paper will focus on some of the key software tools developed in relation to bio-databases. It will argue that bioinformatic tools are particularly economically unstable, and that there is a continuing tension and competition between their public and private modes of production, appropriation, distribution, and use. The paper adopts an 'instituted economic process' approach, and in this paper will elaborate on processes of making knowledge public in the creation of 'public goods'. The question is one of continuously creating and sustaining new institutions of the commons. We believe this is critical to an understanding of the division and interdependency between public and private economies of knowledge." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject commons en_US
dc.subject economy en_US
dc.subject markets en_US
dc.subject open access en_US
dc.subject public goods and bads en_US
dc.subject public domain en_US
dc.title Public or Private Economies of Knowledge: The Economics of Diffusion and Appropriation of Bioinformatics Tools en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal International Journal of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 481-506 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth February en_US

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