The Republic of Letters and the Origins of Scientific Knowledge Commons
GOVERNING PRIVACY IN KNOWLEDGE COMMONS, M. Sanfilippo, B.M. Frischmann and K.J. Strandburg, eds; Cambridge University Press, 2021
36 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2020 Last revised: 29 Mar 2021
Date Written: March 4, 2020
The knowledge commons framework, deployed here in a review of the early network of scientific communication known as the Republic of Letters, combines a historical sensibility regarding the character of scientific research and communications with a modern approach to analyzing institutions for knowledge governance. Distinctions and intersections between public purposes and privacy interests are highlighted. Lessons from revisiting the Republic of Letters as knowledge commons may be useful in advancing contemporary discussions of Open Science.
Keywords: Republic of Letters, Enlightenment science, Royal Society, scientific communication, scholarly communication, scientific research, Open Science, privacy, commons, governance, knowledge commons
JEL Classification: D23, K11, N30, N33, N70, N73, O31, O32, O33, O34
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