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2012 - The Knowledge Commons

Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural and genetic Resources Commons

Dates - September 12 - 14, 2012
Location & Conference Site - Université Catholique de Louvaine, Louvaine-la-Neuve, Belgium
Update: Deadline for full paper submission extended until 15 August 2012. Author guideliness for the papers can be found here.

Themes - “Scientific Research and Innovation Commons”, “Digital Information Commons”, “Historical experience of the knowledge commons” , “Genetic Resource Commons”, “Cultural Commons”, "Climate change" Click for the complete list
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Conference Website - 2012 1st IASC Thematic Conference on "the Knowledge Commons"
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As stated in the conference web-page:

"The rapid advances in technologies and digital networks over the past two decades have significantly altered and improved the ways that data and information can be produced, disseminated, managed, and used, in science, innovation, culture, and in many other spheres of human endeavor, and have created unprecedented opportunities for developing new polices. These developments are part of the emerging broader movement in support of formal and informal “peer production” and global dissemination of information by mobilizing the cooperation of distributed knowledge communities in open networked environments. Indeed, as recognized increasingly in the literature, the emerging economics of knowledge in the digital environment can be seen as a complex mix of social sharing and exchange in self-governed communities of peers as a modality of production, along with public support and private appropriation as an incentive for translating knowledge outputs into new commercial applications.

The 1st Global Thematic IASC Conference on the Knowledge Commons aims to bring together leading people from a number of international scientific research communities, social science researchers, practitioners and policy analysts, to discuss the rationale and practical feasibility of institutional arrangements designed to emulate key public domain conditions for collaborative research. A variety of initiatives and policies have been proposed that are going beyond “open access”, and aim to facilitate more effective and extensive (global) sharing on local and global pools of not only scientific information and data but also genetic resources and cultural expressions. There is thus a need to examine a number of these proposals’ conceptual foundations from the economic and legal perspectives and to analyze the roles of the public domain and commons in facilitating sharing of scientific and technical data, information and materials. But it is equally important to examine the available evidence about actual experience with concrete organizational initiatives in different, and to devise appropriate, contextually relevant methods of assessing effectiveness and identifying likely unintended and dysfunctional outcomes."

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