Professor Elinor Ostrom has been awarded the Nobel prize in Economics for her work on common pool resources (CPRs) and the management of shared resources. Her work has great relevance for understanding the creation of many public goods on the internet. She teaches at Indiana University where she is Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, Co-Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Part-Time, Co-Director, Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change.
At the core of her extensive, empirical, research into the ways humans share common goods and resources is a set of eight core design principles. These “8” principles for successful creation and consumption of a resource are documented in the book “Governing the Commons”