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| New Message Posted!2004-06-19 00:08  |
The Alexandria Archive Institute, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and
Creative Commons are launching a new project to help facilitate open
access and digital information sharing for archaeology and related
To best meet the needs of researchers, students, the public, and other
stakeholders, we are formulating intellectual property policies and
guidelines. We are particularly interested in learning about any
intellectual property protections or limitations you feel are necessary to
preserve investment in archaeological investigation and dissemination, as
well as any concerns you might have about overprotection limiting access
to data and inhibiting instruction and research.
We would be grateful for your help. Please forward this survey to your
colleagues and any relevant lists, and take a few moments to answer the
following questions. Please email responses to:
SURVEY: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (12 Questions)
SECTION A: These first few questions will help us understand some aspects
of how the archaeological community relates to the broader community of
(1) The following best describes my professional position (tenured
professor, graduate student, CRM researcher, etc.):
(2) If you allow your name to be associated with your responses, please
provide it below. Otherwise, we will assume that you wish to keep your
(3) Have you ever had any intellectual property/copyright obligations
under the terms of any of your research permits or grants? If so, what
kinds of obligations? Can you provide us with copies of those
(4) Have you ever had any discussions regarding intellectual property or
copyright with those stakeholders? If so, which ones? Did you experience
any frustrations or insights from those conversations that you would like
to share with us?
(5) Do you think we, as archaeologists, strike the right balance between
information access, the interests of researchers, the protection of
sensitive information, and the interests of other stakeholders, especially
members of indigenous communities? If not, how would you change the
current balance to make it better?
(6) Do you think it is fair to share attribution, commercialization, and
copyrights with other stakeholders, even if these other stakeholders were
not directly involved in funding or permitting your research? What effect
do you think it would have on relationships between archaeologists and
other communities if we were to share more of these rights?
SECTION B: Open IP policies would permit free copying, distribution, use,
reuse and reinterpretation of archaeological documentation for instruction
and research. Understanding and balancing professional incentives for such
open information resources is vital to guide our project to success.
Please keep these goals in mind as you answer the following questions:
(7) How do you feel about the current copyright restrictions and costs of
traditional publishing? Has your research ever been hampered because
relevant information remains either unpublished or inadequately published?
Would you be comfortable with such information being more open for
noncommercial use by the public as long as there was proper attribution to
its original authors?
( Would you be willing to share, via the Internet, your primary
documentation (maps, plans, image archives, databases, analyses, GIS
files, etc.) if this content was protected by a legal license that
requires anyone who uses your research to attribute you as the source?
(9) Some researchers worry that open access to primary data enables rivals
to beat them to publication, a key mechanism for professional advancement.
A “do not republish” term would allow the public individuals free access
and use of primary research, so long as these uses do not include
unauthorized publication in a peer-review journal or similar outlet. Do
you think a "do no republish" term would encourage more authors to provide
open access to their materials? If so, how long should the term be in
effect before materials are open for free republication?
(10) If an Internet dissemination project has: (a) a peer-review
mechanism, (b) legal licenses that protect attribution and may guard
against competitive republication, (c) data longevity and stewardship
assurances from university digital library programs, (d) the ability to
support highly specific searches and the data filtering / aggregation
power of a database. Would you value this as much as traditional paper
publication? Do you think your colleagues would value it?
(11) In your opinion, is open access worth funding? If so, what sources of
funding do you think are the best to sustain open dissemination channels?
How should foundations be involved? What about professional societies?
(12) If you have any other open access / intellectual property / copyright
concerns or suggestions, please add them here:
Eric C. Kansa
Executive Director, Alexandria Archive Inst.
Visiting Scholar, Stanford University
[ This message was edited by: Andy B on 2004-06-19 00:08 ]