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Constructing the Genome Commons

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dc.contributor.author Contreras, Jorge L.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-24T13:48:05Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-24T13:48:05Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9555
dc.description.abstract "Basic scientific research is often viewed as a public good: a non-depletable, non-rival resource that exists in the public domain. The vast collection of genomic data generated since the Human Genome Project, however, belies this description. This valuable resource, though generally accessible to researchers worldwide, is governed by a complex set of rules that have evolved over the past two decades. As such, the 'genome commons' more closely resembles a common pool resource described by Elinor Ostrom than a public good. In this chapter, I apply Ostroms Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework, as modified by Madison, Strandburg and Frischmann, to the genome commons and elucidate the stakeholder interests and negotiations that led to the rules-in-use, both formal and norms-based, that govern this global scientific resource. I conclude that a public goods approach to the genome commons, as has been suggested in some contexts, is overly simplistic and, if pursued, could lead to lessening participation in the creation of this valuable public resource." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject Ostrom, Elinor en_US
dc.subject institutional analysis en_US
dc.title Constructing the Genome Commons en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Theory en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.subject.sector New Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources: Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural, and Genetic Resources Commons, 1st Thematic IASC Conference on the Knowledge Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates September 12-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium en_US

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