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An Operational Framework for an Online Community Based on the Commons, Dissensus and Shared Knowledge

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In this article, we introduce a dissensual knowledge production mechanism for the creation and governance of the commons. Rather than seeking a singular truth which is a social construct, producing a bricolage of truths by citizen associations or communities opens up new perspectives for the commons and democracy. Taking an online community as a case study, we analyze knowledge production and sharing mechanisms, and conflict generation and resolution processes, using simple statistics, text mining, disagreement hierarchy, community guidelines, and group rules. We use the conclusions drawn from these techniques in the Institutional Analysis and Development framework. Superposing our findings and critical reading of current best practices, we define the four main principles as the operational framework for an online community based on the commons, dissensus, and shared knowledge: distributed versioning, layering, inclusion, and self-determination.

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We would like to thank our reviewers for their constructive feedback and Thomas Glenn Kelso for the proofreading.

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Correspondence to Hulya Ertas.

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This paper is co-created as part of a Ph.D. research project by Hulya Ertas ‘Building a Knowledge Commons for Commons Architecture’ at the KU Leuven Department of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas Brussels, co-advised by Burak Pak, Caroline Newton and Lieven de Cauter. The online platform proposed in this chapter will be implemented as a part of her Ph.D. project.

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Ertas, H., Pak, B. & Newton, C. An Operational Framework for an Online Community Based on the Commons, Dissensus and Shared Knowledge. Postdigit Sci Educ 2, 397–415 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42438-019-00067-6

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