- Copyright to the data inputted into the data model is not automatically granted to the creator of the data model, if someone else enters the data
- Reports run against the data in the data model to extract the data are not subject to any copyrights on the data model.
This last is interesting, because reports are defined in part by the structure of the data to be reported, at a very detailed level. So, even though there is a tightly coupled dependency of the report on the copyrighted data structure, intellectual property rights do not flow across that dependency. Reports are not a derivative work of the data model, in summary. (Fascinating, the more I think about it...)
For what it's worth. I am not licensed to practice law and this should in no way be construed as anything but a casual reading by a non-lawyer of some detailed legal analysis.
So, one current meme is that centralized IT staff will increasingly be decentralized out to line of business embedded positions. This jibes with Nick Carr's thesis that the CIO title is akin to "VP of Electricity," a position that some turn of the century corporations did in fact have.
One question: Where does this leave the whole conversation we've been having around IT Governance? How do you govern something distributed?
Finally, here is an overall logical metamodel for your EAI competency (click for larger). The principles underlying this metamodel have been proven in practice in a full-service Integration Competency Center (although let me be clear that there is a long distance from this logical representation, which draws heavily on open OMG standards, to an operational physical persistence architecture, with many different ways to realize it!):
For those who may be recent subscribers to this blog/email list, a little background: I started this blog as essentially a simple means to collect various thoughts that may be at some point compiled into a book. While I do the standard blogger ranting and raving and pointing to various things, some of the postings are pretty in depth, with graphics, examples, and so on.
I have compiled links to some of these more substantive articles as a "Greatest Hits" section on the right hand side of the blog; here for your convenience is the current list:
I keep hearing rumors of the legendary IBM "Yellow" books, aka the "Information Systems Management Architecture" series. Does anyone out there have these, or know of a library or document depository that does?
I had heard this was in the works for CA last year at the 2004 DAMA national, but I have not covered it much on this blog due to simple skepticism, so there it is. Good to keep an eye on, but I for one am expecting execution issues (having witnessed the complete inability of CA to upgrade ErWin 3.5 to 4.0).