The Convention on Knowledge Commons (CKC) will become a global public-private agreement. The drafting of the Convention on Knowledge Commons is proceeding at www.conventionknowledgecommons.org.
The convention's goal is to recruit a community of practitioners that administer, create, maintain and deploy a range of wikis (actor maps, initiative nodes, dictionaries and customized dashboards) that hold systematized knowledge commons.
Wiki-functionality will enable an efficient and low-cost two-way communication between smallholder's livelihoods and the systematized knowledge commons. These knowledge commons will become part of a platform for coherent decision and action.
The agreement will include chapters on maintenance procedures and administrative roles.
The systematized knowledge commons will be evolving to reflect emerging needs and solutions in society. A common maintenance procedure will be enacted to allow the actors of change to propose extensions or refinements of the systematized knowledge commons.
User and administrative roles
Each of the wikis (actor maps, initiative nodes, dictionaries and customized dashboards) that publishes part of the systematized knowledge commons will have an administrator, a number of moderators, and a team of members. Together they ensure the suitable coverage and quality of each wiki, and the mutual consistency of the totality of wikis. These members will also ensure the provision of wikis in the language of the country to which they matter.
Via the discuss per page and forum contributions, any other web-user can comment on wiki contents.
CKC Engagement Model
The CKC engagement model targets a growing public private partnership ensuring the provision of high-quality systematized knowledge commons.
Any actor, and especially institutional actors, is encouraged to publish the systematized knowledge commons related to its activities, resources, claims and initiatives, and to build upon the systematized knowledge commons overseen by others signing up to the CKC agreement.
Tentative and Authentic Wikis
The notion of a tentative wiki reflects the path-finding role that unsollicited civic effort can play in improving communication, coherence and transparency, prior to the engagement of governmental and intergovernmental agencies. Both can strengthen one another on the pathway to sustainable growth.
Handover succeeding civic initiative
Where important governmental actors may not sign up to the convention for some time, the convention encourages unsollicited civic initiative to administer a tentative wiki "on behalf of a certain agency, " for instance AG. The tentative wiki helps paving the way for the rapid adoption of the systematized knowledge commons and the supporting methodology by key stakeholders. As long as AG does not take ownership, peer review and team work can ensure the sufficient quality and correctness of the wiki content.
At the time that AG requests ownership of the tentative wiki that covers the systematized knowledge of its activities, the wiki is handed over and after review by the owner, it becomes an authentic wiki. A wiki hand-over mechanism builds upon functions provided by the wiki-farm.
The path from tentative to authentic wiki leverages the path-finding role that unsollicited civic effort can play in improving communication, coherence and transparency. Civic effort can level the road for the engagement of governmental and intergovernmental agencies.