DivSeek Governance Research Project

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DivSeek Governance Research Project DivSeek Governance Research Project The primary aim of DivSeek is to enable breeders and researchers to mobilizeplant genetic variation to accelerate the rate of crop improvement. To accomplish this, the DivSeek white paper describes the need to develop an information management platform that is adaptable to exogenous change and sets standards that enable data exchange, integration and interoperability between phenotypic and genotypic data related to genebank holdings. It identifies the need for the development of governance principles that encourage use and sharing of materials and data among a wide range of actors in all sectors: government, industry, university and other non-profit. These are important goals and DivSeek has the potential to provide a valuable mechanism for increasing access to genetic information needed for the development of new knowledge and innovation. However, the fundamental goals of DivSeek are not new. There have been numerous prior efforts to create organizations and develop institutions that encourage research collaboration, sharing of data, and innovation within various scientific communities and disciplines and across stakeholder groups. They have sought to develop mechanisms that both enable reputational and financial returns (to individuals, teams and organizations) and the production of public goods. Institutions have tried to both encourage open exchange of data, ideas, and resources necessary for the joint production of new knowledge and support entrepreneurship and innovation. Some of these initiatives have been considered successful, others not. There exists a significant literature on the rationales and determinants of information sharing as it relates to science and scientists. There also exists a smaller literature on material sharing. Given that DivSeek hopes to establish a new governance framework for data sharing and material exploitation, it would be valuable for DivSeek to conduct a study that investigates how prior initiatives have addressed competing objectives of partners through institutional structures and organizational designs. Such a study should also assess their effectiveness and feasibility for DivSeek. A study should answer the questions: What institutions and organizations have been designed to foster public and private returns? What have been the outcomes? How relevant are they for DivSeek?
Effective start/end date6/1/156/30/16


  • United Nations (UN): $55,100.00


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