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From information commons to knowledge commons: Building a collaborative knowledge sharing environment for innovative communities

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Purpose ‐ Based on the information commons service model, the aim of this article is to propose a new model for knowledge commons. It seeks to define the conceptual model and constructing framework of knowledge commons, which aim for a collaborative knowledge-sharing environment to support innovative community activities of university library. Design/methodology/approach ‐ By analyzing the innovation activities of communities, infusing theories of knowledge management, collaboration and Library 2.0, the knowledge commons conceptual model is brought forward to improve communication, collaboration, sharing and conversation. Findings ‐ Since the innovative community is interdisciplinary and cross-campus, the scattered research team and study group requires a library to extend the services to a logical system, while the virtual layer is to make this spatial decentralized and logically centralized system a reality. The core elements, namely information technology, organization and management, culture and spirit, make up the supporting layer, of which, trust and collaboration culture for innovation is important. Practical implications ‐ Research work and practice of information commons and library 2.0 have aroused a new round of the library service movement, while the knowledge commons conceptual model would provide steering for a knowledge sharing environment. Originality/value ‐ In this paper, the new model is based on information commons and assimilating the theories of knowledge management, collaboration and Library 2.0, intended to integrate digital library, physical resource, virtual resource and human resource into a whole. It is of great importance for the library to serve education and scientific research well.
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Keywords: Communities; Computer applications; Digital libraries; Knowledge sharing

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 10, 2009

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