[CODATA-international] Is it Ethical for any Vendors to Trademark “Science” in any scientific discipline to market/sales/promote any vendor brand/products/services as “the Science ” of whichever area of study ?
Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Thu Aug 4 00:41:15 EDT 2022
Are there any publications on examples of vendors trademarking “Science” in any scientific discipline to market/sales/promote any vendor brand/products/services as “the Science ” of whichever area of study ?
What are the reasons for any vendors to trademark "Science" in any scientific discipline? Is it ethical?
For example, in the Geographic Information Science domain, if any vendors start trademarking and marketing/sales of their brand/products/services as “The Science of Here” , “The Science of Where”, The Science of There” etc etc? what are the implications for the credibility of Science?
What is the ethical impact of this for the Geographic Information Science discipline as a whole?
What will be the impact of this for Integrity of Science?
What is the impact of this for Humanity?
Please share any publications on examples of vendors trademarking “Science” in any scientific discipline to market/sales/promote any vendor brand/products/services as “the Science ” of whichever area of study , so I can reference in my article. Thanks.
From: GeoEthics <geoethics-bounces at lists.ogc.org> on behalf of Suchith Anand via GeoEthics <geoethics at lists.ogc.org>
Sent: 30 July 2022 08:25
To: geoethics at lists.opengeospatial.org
Subject: Re: [GeoEthics] GIS Education
I received email from some colleagues requesting more information on the Trademark of “Science”. So for openness and transparency , I would like to provide more information.
I am not a native English speaker, so my apologies if anything got lost in translation. Please feel free to ask me if you need any further information.
I am a Geographic Information Scientist. Geographic Information Science (GIS) is my scientific discipline. I am now writing an article on Education which is also looking into the Ethics of Digital Feudalism in GIS Education. I am inviting advice and guidance from colleagues as I have many questions that I do not know answers. Hence I shared my ethical questions.
I came across example of a vendor trademarking “the Science of Where” in the GIS/mapping domain and using this to promote their brand/products/services.
Is it Ethical to market/promote any vendor brand/products/services as “the Science ” of whichever area of study ? Is Science in that subject area “owned” by the Vendor who has trademark rights? For example if vendors start trademarking and marketing their brand/products/services as “The Science of Climate Change” , “The Science of Where” etc etc? If so, what are the implications for credibility of Science?
Are there any guidelines for Scientific Associations (esp. if they are members of the International Science Council ) for taking sponsorship from vendors who promote their product/brand/services as “The Science of “whatever” topic !?
I am a member of the GEO Data Ethics Working Group (The WG was closed this month by GEO Secretariat due to “resource constraints” ) where I have been raising the issue of vendor sponsorship for Group on Earth Observations (GEO) conferences, projects etc and the need to have clear guidelines.
I will appreciate advice and guidance from colleagues on this. Thanks.
From: Suchith Anand
Sent: 26 July 2022 17:34
To: geoethics at lists.opengeospatial.org
Subject: GIS Education
I am now writing an article on GIS Education and I will appreciate your advice and guidance.
Is it ethical for GIS Vendors (Vendor X or Y , it doesn’t matter) to trademark/sales/market their products/brand/services as “the science”? It might be a profit /sales/marketing strategy for the vendors to help increase market share for their products, add more credibility for their brand/products/services etc . But what will be the affects for the credibility of science and scientific community in the future?
If any Vendor is “sponsoring” Scientific conferences or education initiatives ("free" licences etc) in return for promoting the vendor products/brand as “the Science” in the conference website etc , what is its impact for the discipline? Is it ethical? If so, what happens when then the vendors can use this framework “sponsorship “ model for promoting their product/brand as “The Science” and advance the vendor Education agenda to the student and user communities ? Are there any guidelines on vendor lobbying in GIS Education initiatives?
What is the ethical impact of this for the discipline as a whole? What is the impact of this for Humanity?
Are there university policies and code of conduct to follow if any academics/researchers are funded by any vendor (for example, through GIS vendor funded faculty posts , research funding by any GIS vendors)? Can academics and researchers publish articles on GIS education promoting the vendor products (either directly or indirectly)?
I am interested to learn more on what policies and curriculum are universities, educators adopting to reduce Digital Feudalism in GIS education? Do your courses cover topics on data rights, digital citizenship ?
I will appreciate your advice and guidance. Please send your reply to Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk<mailto:Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>
You might be interested in the Data Values article that myself and Kathryn Bailey wrote , which looks into the Ethics of Digital Feudalism in Earth Observation (EO) data. I thank the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) and Data Values initiative for inviting us to write this article.
More details at https://datavaluesdigest.substack.com/p/how-digital-feudalism-hurts-farmers
Dr Suchith Anand
Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | Board member | Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data Science and Data Ethics | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate
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