Tools for Data Governance

  • Michael Madison University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Keywords: Governance, Institutions, Data, Commons, Knowledge commons, Groups, Things, Objects, Resources, Communities, Collectives


This article describes the challenges of data governance in terms of the broader framework of knowledge commons governance, an institutional approach to gov- erning shared knowledge, information, and data resources. Knowledge commons governance highlights the potential for effective community- and collective-based governance of knowledge resources. The article focuses on key concepts within the knowledge commons framework rather than on specific law and public pol- icy questions, directing the attention of researchers and policymakers to critical inquiry regarding relevant social groups and relevant data “things.” Both concepts are key tools for effective data governance.

How to Cite
Madison, M. (2020). Tools for Data Governance. Technology and Regulation, 29-43. Retrieved from
Special Issue: Governing Data as a Resource