Wednesday, January 11, 2012


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Deadline Extended for IASC 1st Thematic Conference on the Knowledge Commons

The conference on “Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources: Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural and genetic Resources” will be held in the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve , Belgium, from 12th to 14th of September, 2012.

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.

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2012

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