Lois Ann Scheidt<br />Doctoral Student<br />Terms of Service Agreements and Research Design<br />
In what ways do the Term of Service (ToS) Agreements of social utility sites impact on research design?<br />
Disclaimer<br />This work is in a very preliminary phase.<br />While I may be interpreting the legal language of Term of S...
Conflicting responses to academic involvement<br />
To date, ToS’ for social utility sites, as they apply to research design, have not been tested in court.<br />
Social Utility Sites<br />
Issues of Concern<br />Who has access and to what do they gain access?<br />How must data be collected, or not collected, ...
You can always ask…and what should ask before you begin your research project.<br /><ul><li> Ask for
permission to conduct research within the social utilities domain?
exemption from any Term that will make your initial research design problematic?</li></ul>Notification only?<br />
Always have a back-up plan.  Maybe even more than one.<br />
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Terms of service agreements and research design

  1. 1. Lois Ann Scheidt<br />Doctoral Student<br />Terms of Service Agreements and Research Design<br />
  2. 2. In what ways do the Term of Service (ToS) Agreements of social utility sites impact on research design?<br />
  3. 3. Disclaimer<br />This work is in a very preliminary phase.<br />While I may be interpreting the legal language of Term of Service Agreements, I am not a lawyer.<br />
  4. 4. Conflicting responses to academic involvement<br />
  5. 5. To date, ToS’ for social utility sites, as they apply to research design, have not been tested in court.<br />
  6. 6. Social Utility Sites<br />
  7. 7. Issues of Concern<br />Who has access and to what do they gain access?<br />How must data be collected, or not collected, within the site?<br />How must data be presented, or not presented, in publication?<br />What are acceptable venues for publication?<br />
  8. 8. You can always ask…and what should ask before you begin your research project.<br /><ul><li> Ask for
  9. 9. permission to conduct research within the social utilities domain?
  10. 10. exemption from any Term that will make your initial research design problematic?</li></ul>Notification only?<br />
  11. 11. Always have a back-up plan. Maybe even more than one.<br />
  12. 12. Appendix A<br />
  13. 13. Five Criteria That Must Be Met For Academic Fair Use<br />The research or paper in question must be legitimate academic work.<br />The material used must be directly relevant to the topic.<br />The source and possible copyright must be cited.<br />The paper must be for non-profit educational purposes.<br />The amount of copyrighted material used must not be excessive, and must not affect the market value of the original.<br />http://www.uta.fi/FAST/PK6/REF/fairuse.html<br />

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