Title: Knowledge as a global public good: the role and importance of open access
Authors: Schiltz, Michael ×
Verschraegen, Gert #
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Brill
Series Title: Societies Without Borders vol:2 issue:2 pages:157-174
Abstract: This paper argues that knowledge should be considered as a global public good first and as a private
right second. The argument is underpinned by the claim that the growing movements for source-, data-
, and knowledge-sharing (Open Access, Open Source, Open Courseware etc.) have enhanced our
ability to facilitate the global production and dissemination of ‘knowledge’, so that more people in the
world can enjoy its benefits. In contrast with the existing intellectual property regime – which does not
succeed in balancing the public and private gains of knowledge – these movements and their corollary
technologies have improved peoples’ access to knowledge goods and services. By enabling less
developed countries to tap into the global knowledge pool they have also provided a new context to
rethink human development.
ISSN: 1871-8868
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Japanese Studies, Leuven
Centre for Sociological Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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