Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


Our central concern is with the problems of information sharing and technical coordination raised in the context of collective R&D. Public policies in this area need to be built upon a strong empirical foundation of how knowledge sharing and collaborative arrangements operate. In addition, and also key to our concerns, is the need for and value of documenting, generalising, and diffusing knowledge of successful rules and norms among the different domains of scientific and technological research to reduce the costs of "reinvention" and to promote "best practices" in such arrangements wherever possible.
The key practical motivation of Colline is that the proliferation of experiments and new patterns of collective invention within the framework of European programmes - as well as within private consortia and other (les s formal) forms of collective invention - is generating many new rules, methods, and mechanisms of coordination whose value should be recognised and more broadly diffused. Many of these innovations are occurring spontaneously and some are being formalised to solve the problems posed by collective invention.

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