The Ontology of the Intellectual Commons

International Journal of Communication (Forthcoming)

25 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2017

Date Written: February 2, 2017


Intellectual commons are the great other of intellectual property-enabled markets. They constitute non-commercial spheres of intellectual production, distribution and consumption, which are reproduced outside the circulation of intangible commodities and money. They provide the core common infrastructures of intellectual production, such as language, non-aggregated data and information, prior knowledge and culture. This article formulates a processual ontology of the intellectual commons, by examining the substance, elements, tendencies and manifestations of their being. The first part of the article introduces the various definitions of the concept. Its second part focuses on the elements, which constitute the totalities of the intellectual commons. Its third part emphasises on their structural tendencies. Finally, the fourth and last part of the article deals with the various manifestations of the intellectual commons in the domains of culture, science and technology.

Keywords: Intellectual Commons, Commons-Based Peer Production, Ontology, Definition

Suggested Citation

Broumas, Antonios G., The Ontology of the Intellectual Commons (February 2, 2017). International Journal of Communication (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN:

Antonios G. Broumas (Contact Author)

University of Westminster ( email )

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