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Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: Important new book from Hess and Ostrom

Principio base del modelo Suricata (Iniciativas Abiertas): Understanding Knowledge as a Commons…

Two leading scholars on the commons, Charlotte Hess and Elinor Ostrom, have just published a great anthology of essays, Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice (MIT Press). The book brings together some varied perspectives on knowledge as a “shared social-ecological system.” I highly recommend it. The idea that knowledge is incubated and maintained through social communities is hardly revolutionary, of course. But the rise of the Internet has suddenly made it more imperative to understand the structure and norms of “knowledge communities,” which can vary widely. This book helps sort through this variety with chapters on open access scholarly publishing (Peter Suber), research libraries (Wendy Pradt Lougee), science as a commons (James Boyle), open source software (Charles Schweik), preserving the knowledge commons (Donald J. Waters) and civic engagement and knowledge commons (Peter Levine), among others. I am pleased to be among this illustrious company with a chapter on “The Growth of the Commons Paradigm.”

Understanding Knowledge as a Commons:  From Theory to Practice (MIT Press). The book brings together some varied perspectives on knowledge as a “shared social-ecological system.”

Un borrador del libro está disponible The Digital Library of the Commons (DLC) de la Universidad de Indiana (Information and Knowledge Commons).
Tambien interesante… Workshop on Scholarly Communication as a Commons 2004 papers.