The Alternative Law Forum was started in March 2000 by a collective of lawyers with the belief that there was a need for an alternative practice of law. Their website contains a wide range of publications on issues regarding the digital commons and intellectual property issues.
The Berkman Center engages in the study of a wide range of Net issues, including governance, privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, content control and electronic commerce. The Center understands the Internet as a social and political space where constraints upon inhabitants are determined not only just through the law, but, more subtly, through technical architecture ("code"). The website contains a considerable number of publications on these topics.
The Community Solutions program, started in 2003, is a national resource for knowledge and practices on low-energy living and self-reliant communities. Community Solutions' website contains a number of reports on these topics, with a focus on small community-scale housing, transportation, and food production policies and practices.
This website contains a collection of papers from a November 2001 conference, which center on the study of the concept of the “public domain”—its importance, its history, its role in science, art, and in the building of the Internet, as well as how it is similar to and different from the idea of a commons. Topics covered include the human genome, appropriationist art (such as hip-hop), the production of scientific data, and the architecture of communications networks.
A Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, co-founder and board member of Public Knowledge, a Washington policy advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the information commons, and author of three books on the commons, David Bollier further explores issues regarding the commons on his new website. A research resource, Bollier's site provides podcasts, reports, organization links and other news regarding the commons.
The Digital Library of the Commons is a gateway to the international literature on the commons. This site contains an author-submission portal; an archive of full-text articles, papers, and dissertations; the Comprehensive Bibliography of the Commons; a Keyword Thesaurus; and links to relevant reference sources on the study of the commons.
The Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP), founded in 2000, provides research and advocacy on free speech, copyright, and media democracy issues. The website contains a wide range of reports on the information commons and related issues, as well as policy reports, press releases, fact sheets, and legal briefs.
The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), founded in 1989, is a nonprofit association devoted to understanding and improving institutions for the management of environmental resources that are (or could be) held or used collectively by communities in developing or developed countries.
A speaker, writer and editor, Jay Walljasper covers a wide variety of topics on his website, with particular specialties in community and urban issues, travel, sustainability, cultural commentary, and the commons.
The Natural Assets Project examines the scope for reducing poverty through asset building in the form of natural capital. Natural assets include both environmental sources and sinks. "Sources" include raw materials, renewable and non-renewable, such as forests, fisheries, soil, and minerals. "Sinks" are the capacities of media such as air and water to absorb and decompose the wastes from production and consumption. The institute aims to design pro-poor natural asset- building strategies to further its goals of both conversation and environmental justice or equity.
The Public Trust Doctrine Page, maintained by the Albany, New York-based law firm of P.M.Bray LLC, provides a range of information about public trust law, with a focus on public policy, research and application in natural and cultural resources planning and management.
The Robyn Van En Center provides a national resource center about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for people across the nation and around the world. The Robyn Van En Center also offers outreach and works to gain publicity about CSA farms in order to benefit community farmers and consumers everywhere.
The SPARC Open Access Newsletter is a monthly newsletter by Peter Suber, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Earlham University, offering news and analysis of the open-access movement —the worldwide movement to disseminate scientific and scholarly research literature online, free of charge and free of unnecessary licensing restrictions. The SPARC newsleter was launched in July 2003 to continue Peter's Free Online Scholarship (FOS) Newsletter (March 2001 - September 2002). Back issues, as well as Peter Suber's blog, are available on this website.
Founded by law professor Lawrence Lessig (author of Free Culture), The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) is a public interest technology law and policy program that brings together scholars, academics, legislators, students, programmers, security researchers, and scientists to study the interaction of new technologies and the law and to examine how the synergy between the two can either promote or harm public goods like free speech, privacy, public commons, diversity, and scientific inquiry.
Founded in 2004, TeamWorks is a worker-owned cooperative business. Every permanent worker in the company is an owner-member with a financial stake in the business' success and its decision-making. TeamWorks consists of two businesses, one of which provides house cleaning and concierge services on the San Francisco peninsula while the other provides business support services and is involved in starting new TeamWorks sites.
This website, designed as a supplement to the book of the same name (published by Harvard Press, 2003), also provides a wide range of resources for understanding current debates about the legal status of indigenous art, music, folklore, biological knowledge, and sacred places, as well as the ways those issues intersect with current debates regarding the commons, the public domain and intellectual property.
This issue explores the commons from a variety of perspectives. As one of the articles' authors, Jonathan Rowe, notes, “It is the vast realm that is the shared heritage of all of us that we typically use without toll or price. The atmosphere and oceans, languages and cultures, the stores of human knowledge and wisdom, the informal support systems of community, the peace and quiet that we crave, the genetic building blocks of life — these are all aspects of the commons.”