Seeking assistance for new international Research Data Alliance

03 Dec 2013

Dear Prof. Harhoff,
I am a member of the Secretariat of a new international organization working to improve global research data sharing—the Research Data Alliance (RDA http://rd-alliance.org). I am writing to seek your advice and assistance. I was directed to you by a colleague who I am working with from MPG, Raphael Ritz.
RDA is a new organization, less than a year old, but we have garnered a lot of enthusiasm from the research community and funding agencies. We are currently supported by the European Commission and US and Australian governments. Many of our members come from Max Planck Institutes around Europe.
As a new organization, we are still developing some of our core operational policies. I am chairing an RDA Task Force developing a policy recommendation to our senior Council on what constitute formal RDA outputs and what their associated IP should be.
We are taking a two phase approach. In phase one, we define what outputs RDA might produce and endorse. In phase two, we invite international legal experts to guide us on the appropriate IP for those outputs. The central goal is to encourage adoption of RDA principles and outputs.
We have just completed phase 1 and have an initial draft policy. The intent was for RDA to promote openness and to own little and not to formally certify applications only documents. The general idea is that RDA endorses and maintains relatively few simple documents and that these are available “openly". We encourage transparency and require working members to state their interests, but we generally avoid conflicts by formally owning very little.
Details and the draft policy are at https://rd-alliance.org/groups/rda-outputs-and-ip-task-force.html
Would you or one of your colleagues be available to advise on defining the appropriate license/waivers for RDA outputs? We are also involving lawyers from other countries. My colleague, Raphael Ritz, is in Munich and would be happy to discuss this with you in person if you desire.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Frohes Fest und alles Gute für das neue Jahr!
-m.
Mark A. Parsons
Managing Director, Research Data Alliance/United States
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180
USA
+1 518 276 2829
Skype: mark.a.parsons
http://rd-alliance.org http://rpi.edu
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7723-0950

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    Author: Mark Parsons

    Date: 03 Dec, 2013

    Thanks for your very prompt reply, Prof. Harhoff. I will follow up with Professors Hilty and Drexl as you suggest.
    cheers,
    -m.
    On Dec 3, 2013, at 2:51 PM, Harhoff, Dietmar <***@***.***> wrote:
    Dear Mr. Parsons,
    many thanks for your mail message. As an economist at the MPI for Innovation and Competition, I would not have the competencies in law needed to support you. Let me suggest that you contact the two other Directors at this MPI, Prof. Reto Hilty and Prof. Josef Drexl. I assume that Raphael Ritz has pointed you in their direction already. You find their profiles and mail addresses at www.ip.mpg.de.
    With best regards,
    Dietmar Harhoff
    Von: Parsons, Mark [mailto:***@***.***]
    Gesendet: Dienstag, 3. Dezember 2013 22:16
    An: ***@***.***
    Cc: ***@***.***-groups.org; Raphael Ritz
    Betreff: Seeking assistance for new international Research Data Alliance
    Dear Prof. Harhoff,
    I am a member of the Secretariat of a new international organization working to improve global research data sharing—the Research Data Alliance (RDA http://rd-alliance.org). I am writing to seek your advice and assistance. I was directed to you by a colleague who I am working with from MPG, Raphael Ritz.
    RDA is a new organization, less than a year old, but we have garnered a lot of enthusiasm from the research community and funding agencies. We are currently supported by the European Commission and US and Australian governments. Many of our members come from Max Planck Institutes around Europe.
    As a new organization, we are still developing some of our core operational policies. I am chairing an RDA Task Force developing a policy recommendation to our senior Council on what constitute formal RDA outputs and what their associated IP should be.
    We are taking a two phase approach. In phase one, we define what outputs RDA might produce and endorse. In phase two, we invite international legal experts to guide us on the appropriate IP for those outputs. The central goal is to encourage adoption of RDA principles and outputs.
    We have just completed phase 1 and have an initial draft policy. The intent was for RDA to promote openness and to own little and not to formally certify applications only documents. The general idea is that RDA endorses and maintains relatively few simple documents and that these are available “openly". We encourage transparency and require working members to state their interests, but we generally avoid conflicts by formally owning very little.
    Details and the draft policy are at https://rd-alliance.org/groups/rda-outputs-and-ip-task-force.html
    Would you or one of your colleagues be available to advise on defining the appropriate license/waivers for RDA outputs? We are also involving lawyers from other countries. My colleague, Raphael Ritz, is in Munich and would be happy to discuss this with you in person if you desire.
    Thank you very much for your consideration.
    Frohes Fest und alles Gute für das neue Jahr!
    -m.
    Mark A. Parsons
    Managing Director, Research Data Alliance/United States
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Troy, NY 12180
    USA
    +1 518 276 2829
    Skype: mark.a.parsons
    http://rd-alliance.org http://rpi.edu
    http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7723-0950

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