Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources:

Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural and genetic Resources Commons.
12-14th September 2012
Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Organized by BIOGOV unit at Université catholique de Louvain and Institutions for Collective action at Universiteit Utrecht.

A detailed conference program (pdf) is available here. The conference starts on Wednesday 12 September at 9:00 AM. A welcome/info desk will be available on Wednesday from 8 to 9 AM and during the coffee breaks.
You can now consult the papers presented during the conference and watch the keynote presentations.

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.