Minutes

CIT, February 29, 2000

Present: Channing, Cottrell, Dominick, Escott, King, Matthews, McCoy, McCray, Wicker

Dean Escott asked for the help of the CIT in drafting a policy to determine who should own copyright on digital works produced by faculty, as well as who has the right to use such materials.  Matthews summarized the university's past practice by saying that the university owns patents resulting from faculty inventions but has allowed faculty to hold copyright on their own books, journal articles, etc.  The university has a liberal payment policy for sharing profits from patents with the faculty responsible.  He went on to state that the university has the legal rights to anything produced on Wake Forest's time and with its resources.

Allin Cottrell asked about precedents with creating course packs or CDs with course material. McCray suggested that the ACS' and the Advanced Technology Group be included in further discussions.  He pointed out that if he developed some highly advanced piece of software with lots of help from Yue- Ling and sold a lot of copies, she might feel entitled to some of the proceeds. Channing added that what was needed was a statement on the university policy and the ethics, rather than the technology.  A subcommittee was formed, including Matthews, Channing and King, to draft a policy.  Others will be added to this subcommittee.

Jay Dominick reported on security issues with the Linux machines on campus.  Last week there was a break-in which brought down our router, and there have been several other attempts to hack into Linux boxes on campus.  IS would like to see more control of the Linux machines, so that everyone who wants to run Linux would be aware of what needs to be done to minimize risk and understand the penalties for not maintaining precautions on the machine properly.  Apparently not only faculty but some students are using Linux as their OS, some as a second partition on their Windows machine.  In answer to a question from Matthews, Dominick answered that there are standard tools to test the vulnerability of the machines.

Zip drive problems and the "click of death" were briefly discussed. The Lotus Screen Cam will be on the new load at no cost to the university.  IGN is expected to be the ISP of choice next year as well. McCray reported having frequent crashes on his machines using Netscape 4.7.  Others did not seem to be having this problem.

Jay Dominick shared the issue on communicating about bugs  and fixes to the faculty.  Finding the right medium to reach faculty and get their attention is a challenge.  With so many messages to read, some are put aside, resulting in lots of problems that could be avoided.  Rick Matthews suggested a listserve that faculty could choose to join or not.

The next meeting will be March 14.

Respectfully submitted.
Rhoda Channing