The term "knowledge commons" refers to information, data, and content that is collectively owned and managed by a community of users, particularly over the Internet.
Once again, the promise of a knowledge commons is best made evident in the disagreements and difficulties in determining who and how it should be managed
Examples of knowledge commons
The knowledge commons is a model for a number of domains, including Open Educational Resources such as the MIT OpenCourseWare, free digital media such as Wikipedia, Creative Commons –licensed art, open-source research, and open scientific collections such as the Public Library of Science or the Science Commons, free software and Open Design.
- Open Educational Resources
- Creative Commons
- Public Library of Science
- Science Commons
- Free software
Knowledge commons is a misnomer bcos there is no such thing as knowledge. (!!)
What there IS/ARE is/are practices of knowing, communicating and organising.
So a 'knowledge commons' is a commons of literacy and (collective) labour power, thro which commoners are able to capably understand and organise their practical life as a commons, in a world of commons. It's a cultural commons.
- by elinor ostrom
- wp https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/978-0-521-40599-7
- hypothesis https://via.hypothes.is/https://www.actu-environnement.com/media/pdf/ostrom_1990.pdf
- google books https://books.google.ch/books?id=4xg6oUobMz4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=isbn:9780521405997&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiU5ZfmhczwAhWEuaQKHVnnCEwQ6AEwAHoECAAQAg#v=onepage&q&f=false
Towards a Knowledge Commons
As we enter 2022, I believe we are in a better position than ever to accomplish many great things as a society -- and this goes for many definitions of society, up to and including perhaps the most important, that as society as the group of all humans1. In particular I believe that we are entering a renaissance of the internet that will enable it to deliver on the promise of a distributed commons that stalled somewhat in the last fifteen years due to the success of anti disintermediation as effected by interested parties. But hopefully you won't have to take my belief at face value; let me try to show you why I think what I think.
Consider the potential of the commons as illustrated by Free, Fair and Alive and the work of Elinor Ostrom, taken in the spirit of a alternate timeline solarpunk Friedrich Engels: utopian socialism and the internet (seen through the lens of the theory of the commons) really go together at least as well as a horse and carriage. Engels came up with the carriage (the plan, the blueprint) but didn't have the horse to drive his vision effectively. This is my vision: the internet is the horse that can drive the revolution we need, the machine that Engels and Protopians before and after him were missing, and it is more than just machine, because it is endowed with higher consciousness.
But let me backtrack a bit. Let me tell you why I believe both us and the internet we've built are ready for this.
On distributed thought
We have lived with wikis for thirty years now, and wikipedia is clearly one of humanity's most important projects, but for some reason wikis aren't a big part of many people's lives; in some ways we haven't yet seen them come to fruition. As of the beginning of the 2020s, though, personal knowledge management systems like tiddlywiki, org mode, roam, logseq, obsidian, athens and the like have come to prominence.
by charlotte hess and elinor ostrom
- goodreads has this under charlotte hess
- only 3.7 :(
- described as a loose collection of essays; might make sense to take notes per-chapter
- go https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/understanding-knowledge-commons
- hypothesis https://via.hypothes.is/www.wtf.tw/ref/hess_ostrom_2007.pdf
- pull knowledge commons
- es los bienes comunes del conocimiento
- by charlotte hess and elinor ostrom
Understanding Knowledge as a Commons
A : book