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Mertonianism Unbound? Imagining Free, Decentralised Access to Most Cultural and Scientific Material

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dc.contributor.author Boyle, James en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:27:52Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:27:52Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2004-04-13 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2004-04-13 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/93
dc.description.abstract "This is a workshop about the commons and scholarly communications. I was honoured to be invited to it, and even played a small role in asking Elinor Ostrom and Charlotte Hess to write one of the original papers that helped focus the inquiry. I have written extensively about intellectual property, the public domain and the commons and care deeply about the future of scholarly communications, particularly in the sciences. Designing an architecture for freer and more usefully accessible scholarly work is a fascinating task, and I agree with many of the participants that the literature on the commons has a number of insights to offer. So I was both pleased and excited to be given the task of writing about the commons and the public domain in scholarly communications. This enthusiastic prologue notwithstanding, I am going to stray from that task -- one that is performed ably by others in this distinguished group -- and instead suggest that we need to think still more broadly about our subject matter. My topic is Mertonianism beyond the world of scholarly communications: the impact that more open access to cultural and scientific materials beyond the academy might have on scholarship, culture and even science. One implication of the commons literature is that in attempting to construct a 'comedic' commons, one must think very carefully about its boundaries -- the limits on who may use it and for what types of use. The tendency of my argument here is that, in the scholarly communications commons, the boundaries ought to be very wide indeed: one important design principle is that wherever possible neither use, nor contribution, nor ability to participate in the fine-tuning of the system should be restricted to professional scholars." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject communication en_US
dc.subject information commons en_US
dc.subject open access en_US
dc.subject copyright en_US
dc.subject Internet en_US
dc.subject intellectual property rights en_US
dc.subject public domain en_US
dc.title Mertonianism Unbound? Imagining Free, Decentralised Access to Most Cultural and Scientific Material en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Workshop on Scholarly Communication as a Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates March 31-April 2, 2004 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN en_US
dc.submitter.email lwisen@indiana.edu en_US

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