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  • 1. Understanding Knowledge As a Commons : From Theory to Practice Edited by Charlotte Hess and Elinor OstromCopyright © 2005. MIT Press. All rights reserved. UOKM Kuang Jen Huang 2011/12/05
  • 2. Overview “Workshop on Scholarly Communication as a Commons" in 2004• Scholarly Communication: the way scholars use to create, transform, disseminate and preserve their research findings.• Central issue: making scholarly work open access and available on the internet.• Contributors: David Bollier, James Boyle, James C. Cox, Shubha Ghosh, Charlotte Hess, Nancy Kranich, Peter Levine, Wendy Pradt Lougee, Elinor Ostrom, Charles Schweik, Peter Suber, J. Todd Swarthout, Donald Waters
  • 3. OutlineConceptualizing • What’s Commonsthe Knowledge • IAD framework CommonsProtecting the • Open Access governance Knowledge Incentives, financial support, legal protection Commons Creating New • Business model Knowledge • The role of research libraries Commons
  • 4. What’s commons?• Commons: a resource shared by a group of people. Natural commons Knowledge commons A shared collection of resources openly accessible to the public. Finite and depletable Nonrival
  • 5. Resource from :
  • 6. Institutional Analysis andDevelopment (IAD) framework • Three clusters of variables • Consider at different scales • Variables change at different scales
  • 7. Open Access• Free, online access to information without most copy right and licensing restrictions.• Today, most Open Access archives are built around computer software. (Open Source Software)• Online scholarly information can be accessed from anywhere but only if you have the necessary access rights.• To transform the Open Source Software paradigm to scientific collaboration situations – Incentives – Financial support – Licensing (legal protection)
  • 8. Incentives• Scholars write for – Impact: disseminating their work to the widest possible audience. – Promotion: publishing in high-quality, refereed journals• For scientific commons to succeed, it must be compatible with the current evaluation systems in universities and scientific research organizations.
  • 9. Financial support• for participants’ time and energy in contributing to the commons.• for the administrative infrastructure that makes the commons available; coordinate activities.• Different financial-support schemes in the open- source software domain: – The government-subsidy model; philanthropic funding; corporate consortia; corporate investment; venture capital banking; donations from participants or users; hybrid/mix
  • 10. Legal protection• Worry: the circulation of work over the Internet might cause inappropriate use.• New forms of restrictions was developed by people associated with the nonprofit organization in 2002. For more information
  • 11. “Science Commons” project1) promoting open access to scientific publications2) developing standard licensing models to facilitate wider access to scientific information3) exploring ways to increase the sharing of scientific data For more information
  • 12. Business model• Traditional market: a producer creates and sells a product that consumers demand.• Two-sided market: two different groups need the services of an intermediary in creating a new product. (E.g. credit card company)• Both publishers and readers must be on board. Market flourishes only if the number of participants on both sides is large and growing.
  • 13. The role of research librariesControl Zone• Stewardship: buying books, journals and store them for readers’ use. Systems and Services • Developing digital environments • Providing access to digital resources Functional Catalyst • Active collaborator in online- community context
  • 14. Summary• In sum, this book explored the possibilities and challenges for sharing any kind of work or content to the public as a “commons” from the perspectives of political science, economics, and law.
  • 15. Related Links• TED speech: Richard Baraniuk on open-source learning• Openness, the knowledge commons and the critique of intellectual property• Open access: Reshaping rules of research• Government-funded research to be housed in free public database• Academic Patenting: How universities and public research organizations…• Creative Commons Lisences• Science Commons