The Data Commons Blueprint

We outline the conceptual thinking behind the idea of a “Data Commons” approach. We describe the high-level design features that will make it work, and outline the steps required to build one.

 


Understanding Knowledge as a Commons

The introductory chapter from Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice (2006, MIT Press) edited by C. Hess and E. Ostrom. A very useful short overview of some of the central issues in establishing a Data Commons.

 

Handing Back the Social Commons

James Mansell's original paper Handing Back the Social Commons from 2015. Produced for The Productivity Commission, this describes the transformative potential of big data for a more effective and innovative social sector.

 

Data Sharing for Better Decision Making

A great piece from Bill Kermode at NEXT Foundation talking about their commitment to using evidence to support actions and decision-making.