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!
Mark A. Parsons
Managing Director, Research Data Alliance/United States
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180
+1 518 276 2829
Seeking assistance for new international Research Data Alliance
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Dear Prof. Harhoff,