The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
2013 Research Survey
As you know, one of the roles of the Global Congress is to help strengthen the evidentiary basis for IP policy making. Although past Global Congresses have identified general priorities for research, we are now making a more focused effort to understand both the projects and priorities of the the Global Congress community.
You do not have to be an active researcher to participate. We'd welcome your thoughts on research priorities in the coming years.
The survey has three main questions:
1) What are your current projects?
2) What are your future projects?
3) What do you think are the major priorities for IP-related research in the next few years?
We'd like you to aim for as much specificity and concreteness as possible in your answers. Where possible, please try to answer in the form of short project descriptions or proposals, with enough detail to convey the targets, methods, scale, and hoped-for impact of the research.
For example: Let's say you think that “Research on the challenges of implementing the new Treaty for the Visually Impaired” is important.
That's worth conveying but we'd prefer something more detailed, such as: “A study of the availability of materials for the visually impaired in Brazilian public libraries in relation to supply-side issues, such as the licensing and pricing practices of major international publishers. The study would contribute directly to discussions about the implementation of the new WIPO Treaty for the Visually Impaired. Brazil is a particularly important case given strong Brazilian support for the Treaty, the commitment to maximizing access on the part of key public agencies, and the weakness of the library system in most parts of the country.”
We know it's a lot to ask, but we think it will lead to much more interesting and useful results.
The results of the survey will inform a public document that will map current research priorities and hopefully serve as a guide for new efforts. We’ll report out as many concrete project proposals as possible. We would also like to be able to attribute proposals and other comments to their authors. There is a place to signal your preferences on this point in the survey.
The survey will remain open through Sept. 1, and you'll receive a few reminders via the Global Congress list. The survey will also send you a cookie that allows you to resume where you left off (it calls this 'restart' but it is actually 'resume'). There is no penalty for starting over or creating duplicate submissions. This is a qualitative exercise, not a quantitative one. Your answers are finalized only when you click the final submit button on the last page.
Thanks very much for your help with this, and hope to see you in Capetown for the 3rd Global Congress: http://www.openair.org.za/capetown2013
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