Considerations on the governance of open data - an institutional economic perspective
by Michael Litschka; Tassilo Pellegrini
International Journal of Intellectual Property Management (IJIPM), Vol. 9, No. 3/4, 2019

Abstract: This paper lays theoretical foundations for the governance of Open Data as a specific form of intellectual property management. Based on a literature survey it develops a simple model for governing open data. Using commodity theory considerations, the authors devise a classification that highlights the special properties and economic effects of Open Data as club goods and non-depletable commons. Open Data has implications that facilitate market concentration, even though these mechanisms tend to be obscured by the ostensible non-commercial and public-good character of Open Data initiatives. Consequently, the authors argue that enhanced governance principles - which also take into account the widely neglected competition effects of Open Data - are required for the appropriate management of Open Data and intellectual common pool resources (or -non-depletable commons-). By referring to Ostrom-s governance considerations for commons, the authors show that -trust-, -transparency-, -communication- and -sanctions- are core concepts in the governance of open data.

Online publication date: Fri, 11-Oct-2019

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