For those of you who read French, a terrific new collection of 30 essays about the commons of knowledge has just been published. Libres Savoirs: les biens communs de la connaissance, edited by the French organization Vecam, features essays from authors around the world writing about the knowledge commons. The pieces focus on educational resources, open source software, open access publishing, the patenting of seeds, health, the commons as a movement, and many other topics.
Among the authors: Charlotte Hess, Prabir Purkayastha & Amit Sengupta, Jean-Claude Guédon, Philippe Aigrain, Peter Linebaugh, Michel Bauwens, Leslie Chan, Subbiah Arunachalam & Barbara Kirsop, Gaëlle Krikorian, Madhavi Sunder & Anupam Chander, Xuan Li, Claire Brossaud…and many others.
Libres Savoirs is the first such book on the subject published in France, and is available at the online bookstore of C&F editions. The organization that edited the book and provided French translations, as needed, is Vecam, a group dedicated to helping citizens understand the economic and political implications of the new knowledge commons. A hearty salute to Valérie Peugeot, Frédéric Sultan, Hervé Le Crosnier and Nicolas Taffin for their role in pulling this volume together! It is likely to spread awareness of the commons in France.