Coding the Commons Wiki
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Welcome! This wiki exists to help researchers learn from others and compare approaches to their research on the commons. It can be used and improved by researchers, students, and practitioners engaged in the analysis of social-ecological systems or other coupled infrastructure systems to improve our collective understanding.
This wiki builds upon the work of Elinor Ostrom, Edella Schlager, and Shui Yan Tang -- who, in 1987, created the original common pool resource (CPR) coding database which has become a part of the Social-Ecological Systems (SES) Library.
Researchers on the commons, following in this scholarly tradition, have coded data from games, experiments, surveys and literature according to variables described in various frameworks and theories. Coding this data inductively also results in additional variables that may or may not fit within a pre-existing framework. Most of the frameworks and theories, and many of the models and codebooks, that have been used in this scholarly tradition are not sector-specific, though there are sector-specific databases (see below). A single case can be explored through different frameworks, etc., and two cases can be viewed through a single framework -- but only if tools for such comparisons are available.
This wiki is intended to be a collaborative repository to share codebooks and other sources of variables, to improve interdisciplinary vocabulary, and to enable comparative research.
This wiki is a work in progress. The first two coding variable sources to be added and linked through the wiki were the Coupled Infrastructure Systems (CIS) variables (aka "Robustness framework") and the Common-Pool Resource Systems Coding Handbook (aka "CPR coding manual"). Other variable sources, including those highlighted below, have been proposed for inclusion or are in the process of being added and linked. Though the wiki as a whole will never be complete, these individual contributions are at different stages of completeness. Feedback from new users of the wiki is an important part of this process, so please ask questions and make comments.
Coding variable sources
- Program in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (PIASES) Framework
Databases and Resources for Coding the Commons
|Database||Affiliation||Case Studies||Coding Variables||Codebook||Basis|
| Common Rules DB
(on long-term dynamics of institutions)
|Utrecht University||~1000 cases||~100 variables||Codebook available by request||IAD Framework, IGT|
|Common Pool Resources (CPR) Database||Center for Behavior Institutions and the Environment (CBIE) at Arizona State University||~ 90 cases||~600 variables||Original codebook developed by Elinor Ostrom et al. (1987)||IAD Framework|
|International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) Database||University of Michigan||233 case studies||600+ variables||Coding Manual and Forms are pubically available on website||CPR Database, IAD Framework|
|Institutional Grammar Tool (IGT)||School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver||While many cases have been coded using the IGT, there is currently no database of such cases available to the public||6 primary variables (ABDICO)||Crawford, S. and E. Ostrom. 1995. “A Grammar of Institutions.” American Political Science Review. 89 (3):582-600.||IAD Framework, IGT|
|Nepal Irrigation Institutions and Systems (NIIS) Database||Center for Behavior Institutions and the Environment (CBIE) at Arizona State University||274 cases (not currently publicly available)||600+ variables||Codebook not currently publicly available||CPR Database, IAD framework|
|Social-Ecological Systems Governance Database (SESGO)||Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg||Currently no data publicly available||~500 variables||No codebook is available||SES Framework|
|Social-Ecological Systems (SES) Library||Center for Behavior Institutions and the Environment (CBIE) at Arizona State University||130 cases studies publicly available||CPR variables||Utilizes the original codebook from the CPR database||IAD Framework and Robustness Framework|
|Social-Ecological Meta Analysis Database (SESMAD)||Dartmouth University||7 case studies available publicly||125 variables||Coding schema and variable definitions are publicly available on website||SES Framework|