I proposed last year that proprietary profitability as a key metric for open access and open source, claiming four benefits:
- Indicates relative progress. Any non-moribund project/movement can make seeming progress, blind to different and potentially much greater progress by competition.
- Implicates role of knowledge economy and policy in increasing or decreasing equality (of income and wealth, not just access).
- Hard numbers, data readily available.
- It’s reasonable to multiply destruction of proprietary profits when characterizing gains (so as to include decrease in deadweight loss).
I haven’t tried gathering the data though. Expected future profits (in the form of market capitalization) could be useful as well. Thoughts?