July 2009
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ET collective #04

Today’s meeting was a way of catching up on each other’s recent priorities.

A list of IPR questions raised has been produced which will be an ongoing document charting IPR issues as they crop up, and the solution offered through the various due diligence hoops we have set up, culminating in ‘sign-off’ by our legal advisors. It was noted that while it was very useful to have a list of FAQs, the answers we had obtained to date needed to be substantiated and verified. It was agreed that extra ‘source’ and ‘verified’ columns would be added – the first to provide references for the decisions which inform our protocols, and the second which the University’s IP expert would be asked to complete.

Richard has been in conversation with Dr Jim Little, the tutor of one of the Theology modules: Jesus, Paul and the Early Church. They have been looking into websites that contain online, searchable versions of the Bible, as sources of Bible passages referred to throughout the module. Two possible choices are Bible Gateway and Oremus Bible Browser.

Anna introduced us to a draft paper she had written, detailing the steps an author is required to follow in order to assist in identifying any potential IPR issues in their material. It was agreed that two versions of the document would be produced; one for us to follow internally and a simplified version to give to the author. This is because we need to get the best balance between having a rigorous process and not frightening the potential contributor away!

Ian has been marking up the course material from the DLL module: Programming with Visual Basic.NET and exploring the IPR issues thrown up by using a text book within a course.  

Whilst Richard and Ian are concentrating on stripping out existing VLE-related material from the course content and flagging potential IPR issues, Anna is focusing on ways in which to solve the problems specifically relating to IPR and text in order to a) provide a basis for tackling more challenging areas later such as multi-authored multimedia (eg Powerpoints, Flash animations) and b) develop a range of interconnected protocols for handling OER-related IPR issues, in a system which is comprehensive yet user-friendly and flexible. This seems a sensible way forward until we are at a stage where greater volumes of content will begin to be uploaded and can thereby be done in a uniform manner.

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