Mertonianism Unbound?: Imagining Free, Decentralized Access to Most Cultural and Scientific Material
Understanding Knowledge As a Commons: From Theory to Practice, Elinor Ostrom & Charlotte eds., MIT Press 2007, pp. 123-144
21 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2017
Date Written: January 1, 2007
I have written far too many pages on intellectual property, the public domain and the commons. I care deeply about the future of scholarly communications, particularly in the sciences. Designing an architecture for freer and more usefully accessible scholarly work is a fascinating task, and I agree with many of the scholars in this volume that the literature on the commons has a number of insights to offer. So I was pleased to be given the task of writing about the commons and the public domain in scholarly communications. This enthusiastic prologue notwithstanding, I am going to stray from that task – one that is performed ably by others in this collection – and instead suggest that we need to think still more broadly about our subject matter. My topic is Mertonianism beyond the world of scholarly communications.
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