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COMMUNIA is coordinated by the NEXA Research Center for Internet and Society at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. A full description of the project management team (with direct contact info) is available here. For general questions and inquiries, please click here.

The core of the network is represented by its members.
The founding members are 36, with five more members added in September 2008, and ten more added at beginning of the third year (September 2009) - for a total of 51 members.

Besides the management team and the network members, COMMUNIA is aided by a committee of prestigious advisors: Prof. Dr. Maximilian Herberger, Prof. Jerome H. Reichman, Prof. Stefano Rodotà, Dr. Paul F. Uhlir.


The network will cover almost the whole geographical territory of the European Union as well as neighbouring countries; it will also build strategic relationships with non-European countries, such as the United States and Brazil, where similar policy discussions are underway.

The full network includes 51 organisations - universities, consumer organisations, libraries, archives, SMEs - from EU Member States, EU candidate countries and third countries, such as the USA and Brazil.

European Union Countries

  • Austria:
  • Belgium:
  • Czech Republic:
    • National Library of the Czech Republic (NKP)
      The Library has a collection of over 6 million volumes and is one of the principal driving forces behind the CASLIN project (a library information network linking Czech and Slovak libraries).
    • Iuridicum Remedium (IuRe)
      A non-governmental non-profit organisation promoting human rights, particularly as related to technology and public administrations.
  • Finland:
    • Taideteollinen korkeakoulu (TAIK)
      Dedicated to design, audiovisual communication, art education and art. this is the largest university of its kind in Scandinavia and has a strong and active International presence.
    • Helsinki University of Technology (TKK)
      A technology pioneer in the country and a qualified International institute focused on education and research within the wider technology field.
  • France:
  • Germany:
  • Hungary:
  • Italy:
    • Politecnico di Torino (POLITO - COORDINATOR)
      Academic institution aimed at forming top-level engineers and architects and promoting study and activities for industrial and business progress.
    • Department of Economics "S. Cognetti de Martinis" - University of Turin (DEPECONTUR)
      A prestigious institution for economic studies and research whose staff includes over 60 economists with Political Science, Law and Communication Studies backgrounds.
    • University of Trento (UNITN)
      An institution with an outstanding International character and actively promoting innovation within companies, public administration and professionals.
  • Lithuania:
  • Luxembourg:
    • Luxcommons ASBL (LUXCOMMONS)
      A non-profit organization fostering promotion, research and development of Open Content and innovation practices in the intellectual property field.
  • Poland:
    • Nicolaus Copernicus University Library (NCU)
      A library involved in numerous EU-based initiatives, particularly in digitalisation of collections and developing electronic databases for public use.
    • ICM center at University of Warsaw (ICM)
      A scientific research centre involved in the promotion of science, knowledge-sharing initiatives, and computational science and modelling.
  • Portugal:
    • Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP)
      A leading Management and Economics school seeking to develop graduates for high-level careers in Business and in Economics.
  • Romania:
    • Asociatia Pentru Tehnologie si Internet (APTI)
      An association for the public development of technology and the internet, promoting positive uses and quality standards of information society services.
  • Slovenia:
  • Spain:
    • Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
      An institution promoting high-quality research programs in Europe and the democratization of knowledge for many generations of citizens in Catalonia and the rest of Spain.
    • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
      An innovative university specialized in the fields of architecture, science and engineering, with strong international relations aimed towards technological and research development in Europe.
    • Safecreative (SAFECREATIVE)
      A free platform for registration and accreditation of works whose authors can make reference to a pre-defined license of relevance and general knowledge (GPL, LGPL, Creative Commons, etc.)
  • Sweden:
    • IT University of Göteborg (ITUGOTE)
      Two combined departments (Applied Information Technlogy and Computer Science and Engineering) with an extensive national and international collaboration with academia and industry.
  • The Netherlands:
    • University of Amsterdam (UvA)
      A university with a broad academic curriculum, is part of the League of European Research Universities and maintains intensive contact with universities all over the world.
    • Stichting Nederland Kennisland (KL)
      An independent Dutch think-tank involved in the international knowledge economy and developing innovation strategies with government, private sector, and civil society at large.
    • Stichting Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (Beeld en Geluid)
      A cultural history institute and a 'unique media experience', in charge of archiving the national broadcasting corporations - vwith 700,000 hours of television, radio, music and film, it's one of the largest audio-visual archives in Europe.
    • Waag Society (WAAG)
      A foundation developing creative technology for social innovation and researching at intersection of the arts, science and the media.
    • European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA)
      An independent umbrella association of national library, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions in Europe.
  • United Kingdom:
    • The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN)
      A renowned centre of academic excellence aiming at leading research and innovative projects, partnered with prestigious national and international organisations.
    • iCommons Ltd. (ICOMMONS)
      A broad organisation aiming at developing a united global commons front by collaborating with open education, access to knowledge, free software, open access publishing and free culture communities around the world.
    • The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
      A world class centre for its concentration of teaching and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences.
    • Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN)
      A nonprofit organisation aiming at promoting and protecting open knowledge at large.
    • Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (IDS)
      A world-renowned organization for research, teaching and communications with innovative and highly-regarded knowledge services.

EU Candidate Countries

  • Turkey:
    • Ozyegin University (OzU)
      An innovative, creative and entrepreneurial institution aiming at integrating educational activities with business life.

European non EU-Member Countries

Non-European Countries

  • Israel:
    • Haifa Center For Law & Technology (HCLT)
      A research institute based at the Faculty of Law, University of Haifa, focused in establishing the scientific foundation for lawmaking addressing new technologies.


The impact of the Thematic Network is furthermore assured by the fact that several of the project's members are "umbrella organizations"; their participation ensures a direct dissemination and uptake of the ongoing elaboration and results of the project by the members of each organisation. They are:

  • BEUC: The European Consumers' Organisation, is a Brussels-based federation of 40 independent national consumer organisations from the EU, accession and EEA countries.
  • CODATA: CODATA is an interdisciplinary Scientific Committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU), founded 30 years ago which works to improve the quality, reliability, management and accessibility of data of importance to all fields of science and technology;
  • Creative Commons through Creative Commons International, based in Berlin;
  • EBLIDA: The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations is an independent umbrella organization of national library, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions in Europe.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committe is composed of persons who have distinguished themselves for their expertise, contributions and insight on the public domain and related issues. The AC gives non-binding opinions on reports and topics of interest and relevance to the COMMUNIA project.

  • Prof. Dr. M. Herberger

    Prof. Dr. Maximilian Herberger

    Professor Maximilian Herberger is Director of the Institut für Rechtsinformatik (Institute for legal data-processing) at the Universität des Saarlandes (, Chairman of the Deutscher EDV-Gerichtstag e.V. ( and publisher of the independent web-based journal for legal data-processing and information law 'JurPC' (

  • Prof. J. Reichman

    Prof. Jerome H. Reichman

    JEROME H. REICHMAN is Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law at Duke Law School. He has written and lectured widely on diverse aspects of intellectual property law, including comparative and international intellectual property law and the connections between intellectual property and international trade law. His articles in this area have particularly addressed the problems that developing countries face in implementing the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement). On this and related themes, he and Keith Maskus have recently edited a book entitled international public goods and transfer of technology under a globalized intellectual property regime (Cambridge University Press 2005).

    Other recent writings have focused on intellectual property rights in data; the appropriate contractual regime for online delivery of computer programs and other information goods; and on the use of liability rules to stimulate investment in innovation. Recent articles include: “The Globalization of Private Knowledge Goods and the Privatization of Global Public Goods” (co-authored with Keith Maskus), 7 Journal of International Economic Law 279-320 (2004); “A Contractually Reconstructed Research Commons for Scientific Data in a Highly Protectionist Intellectual Property Environment” (co-authored with Paul Uhlir), 66 Law and Contemporary Problems 315-462 (2003); and Using Liability Rules to Stimulate Local Innovation in Developing Countries: Application to Traditional Knowledge (with Tracy Lewis) in international public goods and transfer of technology under a globalized intellectual property regime (2005).

    Professor Reichman serves as special advisor to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s Project on Stimulating Local Production of Pharmaceuticals in Developing Countries. He recently served as special advisor to the United States National Academies and the International Council for Science (ICSU) on the subject of legal protection for databases. He is a consultant to numerous intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations; a member of the Board of Editors, Journal of International Economic Law; and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of il Diritto di Autore (Rome) and IP Watch (Geneva, Switzerland).

  • Prof. S. Rodota'

    Prof. Stefano Rodotà

    Prof. Stefano Rodotà: Professor of Civil Law, University of Rome; Chairman of the Italian Data Protection Authority; former Chairman of the European Group of the Data Protection Authorities Chairman of the Commission on Genetic Testing and Counselling; Member of the European Group on Ethics in science and technologies, Member of the Convention drafting the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000); Former Member of the HUGO Ethics Committee (1997-2000); Member of the Ethics Committee of the National Research Council; Work in the field of the legal and social effects of scientific innovation (1972-2000); Important work in the field of bioethics (1989-2000); Author of several books and editor of a number of periodicals; Member of the Italian Parliament (1979-1994); Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies (1992); Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1983-1994); Member of the European Commission's Group of Advisers on the Ethical Implications of Biotechnology (1994-1997); Member of the European Group on Ethics (since 1998); Chairman of the European Group of Authorities for the Protection of Privacy (1999-2000).

  • Dr. P. Uhlir

    Dr. Paul F. Uhlir

    PAUL F. UHLIR, J.D., is Director of the Office of International Scientific and Technical Information Programs at the U.S. National Academies in Washington, DC. He also directs the U.S. National Committee for CODATA. Paul's area of emphasis is on issues at the interface of science, technology, and law, with primary focus on digital information policy and management.
    Prior to 1999, Paul was the Associate Executive Director of the Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications at the National Academies, and from 1985 to 1991 he was senior staff officer at the Academies' Space Studies Board, where he directed projects on solar system exploration and environmental remote sensing programs for NASA. Before joining the National Academies, he was a foreign affairs officer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he worked on remote sensing law and policy and on intergovernmental agreements for cooperation in meteorological satellite programs. Paul has published over 20 Academy reports, and written more than 50 articles. He has been involved in numerous consulting and pro bono activities, and speaks worldwide on a broad range of information policy and management issues. In 1997 he received the National Research Council's Special Achievement award for his work in this area. He holds a B.A in history from the University of Oregon, and a J.D. and M.A. in international relations from the University of San Diego.

[last update: 4nov08]

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