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Science, Open Communication and Sustainable Development

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  • John T. Wilbanks

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    (Science Commons, c/o Creative Commons, 71 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA)

  • Thomas J. Wilbanks

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    (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, MS-6038, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA)

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    One of the prerequisites for sustainable development is knowledge, in order to inform coping with sustainability threats and to support innovative sustainability pathways. Transferring knowledge is therefore a fundamental challenge for sustainability, in a context where external knowledge must be integrated with local knowledge in order to promote user-driven action. But effective local co-production of knowledge requires ongoing local access to existing scientific and technical knowledge so that users start on a level playing field. The information technology revolution can be a powerful enabler of such access if intellectual property obstacles can be overcome, with a potential to transform prospects for sustainability in many parts of the world.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Sustainability.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 (April)
    Pages: 993-1015

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:4:p:993-1015:d:7901

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    Keywords: knowledge for sustainability; co-production of knowledge for sustainability; information technology; open access;

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