Subject: Varian @ Google (was Re: Epistemology of FS)
From: "Karsten M. Self" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2005 15:18:53 -0800
Thu, 3 Feb 2005 15:18:53 -0800
on Thu, Feb 03, 2005 at 11:10:35AM -0500, Marshall W. Van Alstyne (marshall@MIT.EDU)
> At 02:41 PM 2/2/2005, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> >on Tue, Feb 01, 2005 at 10:21:22AM -0800, DV Henkel-Wallace 
> >( wrote:
> >
> >> ObFSB tie-ins:  I don't feel there is much serious study of free
> >> software economics yet (there is some fuzzy "community" stuff).
> >> Perhaps there never will be.  I really only know of one guy (some guy
> >> living in Japan) although undoubtedly there is more.
> >
> >s/is/are/
> >
> >Stephen's one.  Here in the Bay Area we've got Hal Varian, dean of the
> >School of Information Management Science, at Berkeley.  There's an
> >economist at the FRB of Atlanta, Gerald Dwyer.  And that's just off the
> >top of my head.  Not bad company.
> FWIW, we recently began economic modeling of free software.  Got a little 
> NSF $ to do this and have also been discussing it over at Creative Commons 
> on the cc-bizcom list (although that's been quiet lately) -- found out 
> about this list later.  One of the goals is to take econ theory and build a 
> free and open model of software in software.  This will be a kind of 
> recursive open science such that anyone can test and modify the econ theory 
> assumptions then see what kind of growth, adoption, and welfare results.

Cool.  Post info as available.
> Also FWIW, I think Hal's on short term leave from Berkeley while working 
> for Google.

*That* is news.  Got a reference for that?

Varian was very active in looking at economics of reviewed publications.
Google's recent entry into academic research search is surely no


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