Tuesday, August 29, 2006

LIVE BLOG: Open Source Intellectual Property

Resources for today's forum:
1) First Monday - Lessons for Open Source: Intellectual Property and Courseware, Jan Newmarch

In this competitive age, universities are seeking ways to protect their intellectual property, for fear that it might be stolen or used by others without financial benefit coming back to the university. Increasingly, universities are using mechanisms of secrecy to secure their property. This paper argues that this approach is wrong on both moral and business grounds, and that a better model can be found in the Open Source movement of the software industry. Read more here.

Contents: Intellectual Property Ownership by Secrecy/Arguments against Secrecy/Courses aren't just Courseware/Open Source/Copyright/Advantages of Open Courseware/Conclusion

2) Creative Commons License - A non-profit organization devoted to expand the range of creative work available for others legally to build upon and share. Read more.

3) Relax. Let Your Guard Down From Inc.com. Why patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property protections are bad--that's right, bad--for business.

4) The Wikipedia page on Open Source. A guide including definition, history of origin, founding leaders and sectors of application. Go.

Forum start:

Bob Sopko, Director, Strategic Technology Alliance (STA) announces the new wireless canopy for the Case campus. Read more here. The wireless mesh will go from the railroad tracks to the Nottingham Spirk to ---- Q: How can this be extended via local commujnity development organizations? Contact OneCleveland. East Cleveland is also now a part of OneCommunity wireless access.

The Case IT department seeks to strengthen collaborations in University Circle.

Steve Cencula: an entrepreneur in the creative digital industries. Deep background in 3D and visualizations....Steve's business depends on open source access. FORM creates new applications for customers. Steve serves in many support capacities at CIA. How Open Source affects his business profit is the primary purpose. Much of the advancements and releases of IP are made by private industry.

FORM develops online games and often for the purpose of making website experiences stickier and last longer.

FIDO (Fully Integrated Desktop Objects) is a new product FORM has just released. Read the Crain's article here. This application is not appropriate for all content...but can work well for accessing existing content in a more compelling way. This is an interface that is updateable.

FORM also creates a desktop platform that content developed by for example, American Greetings, can change daily. This heightens the experience of the consumer updating automatically. This provides a platform to change experience daily. Another example: the passionate gardener whose desktop may include temperature, bulb ordering information, and gardening tips.

Q: How could this be applied to intranet company applications.

Alot of companies came out with organized desktops. Apple, Yahoo, Google, etc. Fearing being swamped by exceptionalcompetitiopn, FOPRM was hestiant and anxious to release their desktop platform. However, what did happen is that the consumer market became much more savvy about what they value in product. None of the large company products released focused on niche markets and focused experience.

The ability to address bugs in an Open Source environment is huge; so is the opportunity to capitalize on innovation. The benefit of a large community's brainpower is tremendous. Everyone is fairly equal and each has access to accelerating individual innovation. Open Source tends to correct itself and evolve naturally.

FORM as a company encourages failure and bad ideas to accelerate quality solutions quickly. In a myopic organization, a company can spend years going down ultimately failed paths.

There is a dearth of dead wikis and blogs in cyberspace that lack large scale activity. Open Source by definition requires large scale engagement and strong leadership by an individual or a core team consistently responding and communicating.

The test of product and leadership is strength of passion. The ability to spot quality open source material is paramount. Few are making large profit. The larger companies - such as Googel - can afford to share source. How can smaller companies participate this way? Some companies give away operating systems and sell customer suppport. Or, give away limited versions.

"Narcotic marketing" = seed the market and sell suppllies.

Linux - Red Hat - Wikipedia - are examples of powerful mass open support. Google maps is another accessible tool that is open for development and innovations. This provides a new set of tools for communities to drive innovations. Users can find classmates, Italian resturants, etc.

Blipstar uploads google maps based on excel sheets of your stores. This is an open source platform thathas been developed

The "Kept University" is an evolving phenomeon where corporations are becoming more involved in Universities and "guiding" IP development.

Can you open source items, design, architecture? Open Architecture is a new approach to design competition with the requiirement that plans be published.

What is the role of CIA? Is the role - to manufacture ideas - or to become a conduit for new ideas and the release of content.

What is the cost of pursuing patents? Compared to the cost of paying lawyers to protect the patnets? How can we creatively look at an open approach that will be productive?

The i-Pod is a highly closed process from design, material storage and IP. This was not innovative because it was first, etc. but because of the vision of the design team. Innovation can happen in a closed room without a 50 member team...

Q: What do we do with technology from CIA?

Creative Commons - and other variations of licensing - is an elegant solution for the benefits of scale but still protecting the individual rights.

What does it mean to possibly become the first design school to embrace open-source policy regarding Intellectual Property?

What would that mean to industry growth and hiring of students with new product innovations offered publically? This might be a way for CIA to become a hub of innovation. Designs become a brand...

CIA teaches creative problem solving. Will CIA take a leadership in design

Artists build on other artists work.

There is probably not a definitive answer but a hybrid approach.


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