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Towards a Knowledge Commons by Recognizing the Plurality of Knowledge: Experiences with Democratic Governance of Science and Technology

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dc.contributor.author Bijker, Wiebe E.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-15T18:58:24Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-15T18:58:24Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7299
dc.description.abstract "What could 'knowledge commons' mean? One interpretation would be: The best knowledge made commonly available to all. In this interpretation, it is implicitly assumed that there is one best type of knowledge, and typically this one best type is then taken to be modern scientific knowledge. In this paper I will argue for a second interpretation: 'knowledge commons' is the common sharing of a variety of knowledges. This interpretation builds on the recognition that a plurality of knowledge systems exists; and one of these systems is scientific knowledge; and that a variety of ‘common’ people also have valuable forms of knowledge and expertise. An international project with participants from India, Africa and Europe has been working to give more recognition to the plurality of knowledge. This paper traces some of the roots for that project in current practices of democratic governance of science and technology in Europe. It will thus describe some of the groundwork on which both the Indian and the African Manifestos for Science and Technology have been founded." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject knowledge en_US
dc.subject democracy en_US
dc.title Towards a Knowledge Commons by Recognizing the Plurality of Knowledge: Experiences with Democratic Governance of Science and Technology en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future, the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates January 10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Hyderabad, India en_US


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