Tools for Data Governance

U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-23

2020 Technology and Regulation 29-43

44 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2020 Last revised: 17 Jul 2020

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Michael J. Madison

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Date Written: July 16, 2020


This article describes the challenges of data governance in terms of the broader framework of knowledge commons governance, an institutional approach to governing shared knowledge, information, and data resources. Knowledge commons governance highlights the potential for effective community- and collective-based governance of knowledge resources. The article focuses on key concepts within the knowledge commons framework rather than on specific law and public policy questions, directing the attention of researchers and policymakers to critical inquiry regarding relevant social groups and relevant data “things.” Both concepts are key tools for effective data governance.

Keywords: governance, institutions, data, commons, knowledge commons, groups, things, objects, resources, communities, collectives

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

Suggested Citation

Madison, Michael J., Tools for Data Governance (July 16, 2020). U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-23, 2020 Technology and Regulation 29-43, Available at SSRN:

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