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Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources:
Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural and Genetic
Resource Commons

12-14th September 2012

Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium



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.

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.


. Track 1 on “Scientific Research and Innovation Commons”
. Track 2 on “Digital Information Commons”
. Track 3 on “Historical experience of the knowledge commons”
. Track 4 on “Genetic Resource Commons”
. Track 5 on “Cultural Commons”
. Cross-cutting conference track 6 on climate change


Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium
International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)
Utrecht University, Netherlands


. Tom Dedeurwaerdere, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
. Paul David, Research Chair in the Digital Economy, Telecom-ParisTech
and l’Ecole Polytechnique, France, and Stanford Institute for Economic
Policy Research, US.
. Jerome Reichman, Duke Law School, US.
. Gurdial Singh Nijar, Director of the Centre of Excellence for
Biodiversity Law, Malaysia
. Carlos M. Correa, Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
of Industrial Property Law and Economics at the University of Buenos
Aires (UBA)
. Charlotte Hess, Associate Dean for Research, Collections, and
Scholarly Communication
. Paul Uhlir, Director of the Office of International Scientific
Information Programs, The National Academies, US.
. Michael Halewood, Head of the Policy Research and Support Unit at
Bioversity International (CGIAR), Headquarters in Rome, Italy
. Eric Brousseau, Université Paris Dauphine, Paris
. Francoise Genova, Director Strasbourg astronomical data centre, France
. Geertrui Van Overwalle, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium


CODATA (International Council for Science : Committee on Data for
Science and Technology) : GICSI taks group on Global Information Commons
for Science
Faculté Universitaire Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), Belgium
Ghent University, Belgium
International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)
UNU-Merit (Maastricht)
University of Utrecht, Netherlands

For more details, check out their website:

Exciting news from Sherpa

New information has been provided by SHERPA services that shows encouraging statistics for journals in the SHERPA/RoMEO* database. Their blog headline states that 60% of journals allow immediate self-archiving of peer-reviewed articles. When embargoes are taken into account, this rises to 87%.

This means that authors can make their final author versions, or in some cases the publisher’s pdf, available online via the ‘green’ open access route. This can usually be done by depositing in a repository such as the University of Guelph’s Atrium.

Read the blog post here

Access to Scientific Publications: The Scientist’s Perspective

Access to Scientific Publications: The Scientist’s Perspective

by Yegor Voronin*, Askar Myrzahmetov, Alan Bernstein

“Scientific publishing is undergoing significant changes due to the growth of online publications, increases in the number of open access journals, and policies of funders and universities requiring authors to ensure that their publications become publicly accessible. Most studies of the impact of these changes have focused on the growth of articles available through open access or the number of open-access journals. This paper investigates access to publications at a number of institutes and universities around the world, focusing on publications in HIV vaccine research – an area of biomedical research with special importance to the developing world.
While research articles are increasingly available on the internet in open access format, institutional subscriptions continue to play an important role. However, subscriptions do not provide access to the full range of HIV vaccine research literature. Access to papers through subscriptions is complemented by a variety of other means, including emailing corresponding authors, joint affiliations, use of someone else’s login information and posting requests on message boards. This complex picture makes it difficult to assess the real ability of scientists to access literature, but the observed differences in access levels between institutions suggest an unlevel playing field, in which some researchers have to spend more efforts than others to obtain the same information.”

Read the article:
Access to Scientific Publications: The Scientist’s Perspective. (2011) PLoS ONE 6(11): e27868. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027868