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Friday, January 14, 2005

Frustrated Administration

I almost spent my whole week to deal with the administration this week. This makes me more tired than research. Asking a small amount of money is so difficulty that I doubt if it is worth to do it. It is good to be asked to clarify the IP issues. But it is not so good to find out that if no IP is going to be generated, it is the easiest way to let you go. If you say that there is some IP, then you need to have an agreement with each of the partners. And the “Crown” needs to own everything. It is so old thinking that now the Queen has no right to get our revenue from the IP.


  • Actually, the governor general who represents the queen does get paid very well (millions!).

    The Canadian government should look at what the American government has been doing regarding IP. It makes a lot more sense.

    By Blogger Daniel Lemire, at 5:23 AM  

  • While the job seems onerous, it is a learning process and it gets easier. I can tell you from personal experience that helping to get the right conditions for research to flourish is both necessary and rewarding. I used to feel the same way that you do about teaching. Getting the lectures ready, getting the assignments out, getting the markers to do a decent job, etc are all necessary and feel like 100% overhead at the time. But when the comments come back from students year after year that they enjoyed your course, learned a lot and thank you for doing a good job, you start to realize that doing a good job in the administration and the overhead *was* the thing that made the course work for those students. And so as you set up these project, remember that your work is appreciated both by the students you are working with, but also by your administration, who get to brag about it at month-end meetings.

    As for the IP, it comes up now to avoid problems later. I agree that the model is a burden on the researchers and also on the admin staff. If there is a better way, I want to know about it.

    By Blogger Bruce Spencer, at 4:35 AM  

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