Econport: Creating and Maintaining a Knowledge Commons

22 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2006

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James C. Cox

Georgia State University - Department of Economics

J. Todd Swarthout

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Date Written: December 2005

Abstract

The paper presents an example of the blurring of the boundaries and stakeholders in the knowledge commons. The authors describe a digital library that they built as a teaching facility, independently of the university's library. At center stage is EconPort, an open access digital library for students, instructors, and researchers in economics, in essence, a new knowledge commons. The authors describe the content of EconPort and the educational philosophy that underlies its creation. From an economist's perspective, they present a case study of the incentives, risks, and possible negative externalities of creating and maintaining a locally-based, discipline-focused digital library and virtual experimental laboratory. They also discuss issues of preservation of such an individualized resource.

Suggested Citation

Cox, James C. and Swarthout, J. Todd, Econport: Creating and Maintaining a Knowledge Commons (December 2005). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper No. 06-38, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=895546 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.895546

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J. Todd Swarthout

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