Scientific knowledge as a global public good: Contributions to innovation and society (examples from agriculture)

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The public domain is composed of public goods of many types. Perhaps the most important public good, measured by contributions to innovation and in turn to society, is scientific knowledge. Such knowledge in its pure form is a classic public good. And while recent technical advances have stimulated its generation and greatly sped its spread, other forces may limit its public domain characteristics.

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Economic growth, Markets, Intellectual property rights, Remote sensing, Adoption of innovations, Public goods, Scientific knowledge, Implementation, Principal concepts, Ecosystem
Presented at the Symposium on the Role of Scientific and Technical Data and Information in the Public Domain, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., 5-6 September 2002