Overview of the Knowledge Commons
Book Chapter: Charlotte Hess and Elinor Ostrom, Introduction: An Overview of the Knowledge Commons
An excerpt from the introduction:
"First, open access to information is a horse of a much different color than open access to land or water. In the latter case, open access can mean a free-for-all, as in Hardin’s grazing lands, leading to overconsumption and depletion. With distributed knowledge and information the resource is usually nonrivalrous…. In this instance, instead of having negative effects, open access of information provides a universal public good: the more quality information, the greater the public good."