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

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James Boyle

Duke University School of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2007

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Boyle, James, Mertonianism Unbound?: Imagining Free, Decentralized Access to Most Cultural and Scientific Material (January 1, 2007). Understanding Knowledge As a Commons: From Theory to Practice, Elinor Ostrom & Charlotte eds., MIT Press 2007, pp. 123-144, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3084295 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3084295

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