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.
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.
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.