Governing Knowledge Commons -- Introduction & Chapter 1

Governing Knowledge Commons, Brett M. Frischmann, Michael J. Madison and Katherine J. Strandburg, eds., Oxford University Press, 2014

Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 438

U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-32

NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-49

53 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2014 Last revised: 19 Sep 2014

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Brett M. Frischmann

Villanova University - School of Law

Michael J. Madison

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Katherine J. Strandburg

New York University School of Law

Date Written: September 2, 2014

Abstract

“Knowledge commons” describes the institutionalized community governance of the sharing and, in some cases, creation, of information, science, knowledge, data, and other types of intellectual and cultural resources. It is the subject of enormous recent interest and enthusiasm with respect to policymaking about innovation, creative production, and intellectual property. Taking that enthusiasm as its starting point, Governing Knowledge Commons argues that policymaking should be based on evidence and a deeper understanding of what makes commons institutions work. It offers a systematic way to study knowledge commons, borrowing and building on Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize-winning research on natural resource commons. It proposes a framework for studying knowledge commons that is adapted to the unique attributes of knowledge and information, describing the framework in detail and explaining how to put it into context both with respect to commons research and with respect to innovation and information policy. Eleven detailed case studies apply and discuss the framework exploring knowledge commons across a wide variety of scientific and cultural domains.

Keywords: commons, common pools, governance, public goods, information, knowledge, intellectual property, patent pools

JEL Classification: D23, H41, K11, L22, L23, O31, O32, O33, O34

Suggested Citation

Frischmann, Brett M. and Madison, Michael J. and Strandburg, Katherine J., Governing Knowledge Commons -- Introduction & Chapter 1 (September 2, 2014). Governing Knowledge Commons, Brett M. Frischmann, Michael J. Madison and Katherine J. Strandburg, eds., Oxford University Press, 2014; Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 438; U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-32; NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-49. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2490622

Brett M. Frischmann

Villanova University - School of Law ( email )

299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085
United States

Michael J. Madison (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law ( email )

3900 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States
412-648-7855 (Phone)
412-648-2648 (Fax)

Katherine J. Strandburg

New York University School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States

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