The study and generation of knowledge is a fundamental focus of education. With changing technologies, digital publication, and information access, the issue of intellectual property has become increasingly important. Some of the issues that have to be dealt with are the transition from a paper-based “economy” of knowledge and publication to a digital economy and understanding. Indeed rather than a transition, this change needs to be more fully understood as a transformation.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Copyright: Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works ( www.copyright.gov , para 1.).
Knowledge Management: Discovery and capture of knowledge, the filtering and arrangement of this knowledge, and the value derived from sharing and using this knowledge throughout the organization ( Bernbom, 2001 , p. xiv).
Intellectual Property: The intangible property right to protect the intellectual work of the person/s who created it (includes patents, trademarks, designs, and copyright).
Digital Dashboard: An integrated computer software program and related analytical and collaborative tool which gathers information from many sources so that individual, team, corporate, and external information ( Milam, 2001 ).
Creative Commons: The Creative Commons framework provides a means for authors of audio, images, video, text, or educational materials to make and communicate their choices about property use and rights through a series of designations ( www.creativecommons.org ).