17 June 2016

Neuroscience Commons

'The Greatest Generational Impact: The Open Neuroscience Movement as an Emerging Knowledge Commons' by Maja Larson and Margaret Chon in Brett Frischmann, Michael Madison and Katherine Strandburg (eds), Medical Commons (Cambridge University Press, 2017) describes
what some in the neuroscience research community are calling the “open neuroscience movement.” By focusing on the enabling conditions for cooperation, this case study of neuroscience data sharing may be particularly useful in illuminating the dynamics of commons formation in research environments dominated by an ethos of competitive, individual lab-based achievement. It also can shed light on the emergence of these types of governance arrangements where non-profit organizations are among the principal actors. Forthcoming in a collection of commons case studies analyzed under the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework, it is situated within the intersecting scholarly literatures on knowledge infrastructure and knowledge commons, both of which are related to open innovation research.