December 12, 2011

Copyright content and my thesis

Can my EngD Portfolio be submitted to WRAP for public dissemination?

It seems like a question that should be asked in 4 years time after I have actually written something but if I plan what I am going to do before I do it then I think I'll get less of a headache.

The issues that I am going to have with public access to my portfolio will be

    • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) resulting from my research
    • Third party content
    • Proprietary data supplied by the sponsor company

    The IPR (as far as I understand) with be the property of my sponsor company and as such, any details of it contained within my portfolio will need to be approved by them. The other issue will be with any academic papers published - the content of the papers are usually the property of the publisher (unless stated in any agreements) so permission to publish in another format will have to be requested. Any proprietary data included in the portfolio will have to be removed if it is published to the public domain.

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    1. Yvonne Budden

      Hi Claire, that’s a good summation of the situation! (and yes it is far simpler to ask these questions now than to try and do things retrospectively). If you feel that you are going to have a lot of commercially sensitive material in your final innovation report you could consider either, when you design the report whether the commercially sensitive chapters can be removed without damaging the flow of the thesis or asking permission from your sponsors. As you can see knowing about the issues early can allow you to plan you work in such a way that you can take advantage of the benefits of public access to your thesis without creating a lot of work for yourself at the end of the project. Cheers, Yvonne.

      12 Dec 2011, 17:28

    2. Claire White

      The use of sensitive content is one of the benefits, I think, of the submission based portfolio for EngD. If I plan the use of the proprietary content either as a reference or a separate submission, it shouldn’t impact the flow of how the innovation report/portfolio is read.

      This is the theory anyway.

      13 Dec 2011, 08:43

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