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Framework for Analyzing the Knowledge Commons (Draft)

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Type: Book Chapter
Author: Hess, Charlotte; Ostrom, Elinor
Book Title: Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice
Publisher: MIT Press
Location: Cambridge, MA
Date: 2005
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/63
Sector: Information & Knowledge
Subject(s): communication
information commons
institutional analysis--IAD framework
intellectual property rights
Abstract: "Who hasn't heard of the six blind men of Indostan encircled around an elephant? The six-one a political scientist, one a librarian, one an economist, one a law professor, one a computer scientist, and one an anthropologist-discover, based on their own investigations, that the object before them is a wall, spear, a snake, a tree, a fan, and a rope. The story fits well with the question that propelled this chapter: how can an interdisciplinary group of scholars best analyze a highly complex, rapidly evolving, elephantine resource such as knowledge? Trying to get one's hands around knowledge as a shared resource is even more challenging when we factor in the economic, legal, technological, political, social and psychological components-each complex in their own right-that make up this global commons."

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