# Data. Together. Let's read about it
[About the Data Together Reading Group](https://github.com/datatogether/reading_datatogether)
## Knowledge Commons
Let’s revisit [last semester’s ideas around governing the commons](https://github.com/datatogether/reading_datatogether/blob/master/notes/semester_01_2018/3-commons-2018-08-21.md), but with more emphasis and focus on how knowledge, information, and digital data might be treated and governed as common pool resources.
* Ostrom and Hess “A Framework for Analyzing the Knowledge Commons” (Chapter 3, pages 41-81 of Understanding Knowledge as a Commons) (http://www.wtf.tw/ref/hess_ostrom_2007.pdf)
* Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, Hervé Le Crosnier. [An Introduction to the Digital Commons: From Common-Pool Resources to Community Governance., 2012.](https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00736920/document)
* This twitter thread from mmildenberger: https://twitter.com/mmildenberger/status/1102604887223750657 ([Spooled](https://tinysubversions.com/spooler/?url=https://twitter.com/mmildenberger/status/1102613535224287232))
* Garrett Hardin’s “[The Tragedy of the Commons](http://science.sciencemag.org/content/162/3859/1243/tab-pdf)”
* What is an “environmental” commons? Reflect back on [readings from last year.](https://github.com/datatogether/reading_datatogether/blob/master/notes/semester_01_2018/3-commons-2018-08-21.md)
* What is a knowledge commons?
* What important similarities and differences can we notice between these two types of commons?
* Ostrom/Hess and Dulong et al. discuss examples of knowledge/digital commons like library repositories and Wikipedia. What about social networks?
* What is the relationship between a knowledge commons & enclosure?
* How do themes from these readings apply to organizations like EDGI?
* What is the tragedy of the _digital_ commons? How might this differ from tragedies in other kinds of commons? What are the limits of the "tragedy" model in the first place?
* Leave some time at the end to discuss the next reading
Background reminding ourselves of context of this topic from last year
- read Ostrom on environmental common pool resources
- wrangling with decentralization (setting this aside until August) and the need to relate this to technical infrastructures brought us to this set of readings
Start with **Ostrom/Hess: dig into good framework they provide us for discussion**
- Ostrom responding to Garett Hardin reading from the late 60s
_What stood out to us?_
*Copy this template into a [new notepad](//hackmd.io/new) to take notes for your reading group's discussion!*