Using The GIC

Global Innovation Commons (GIC) users have the ability to create many different experiences using the site.  To achieve the highest functionality, sign up, log in and participate.

Discover/Contribute: The 'Discover' and 'Contribute' tabs are two sides of the same coin.  Starting in 'Discover', users will be able to view all current contributions to the GIC including Public Domain Patent Repositories, Challenges, Ideas, and Trade Credit Offsets.  Each section contains a short overview of what you will be able to find or contribute.  Contributions can be made directly to Under the GIC Framework, the Commons requires that any knowledge or value gained from the Commons must be replenished.  All contributions will show up in the 'Discover' section.

Patent Repository: The public domain patent repository has been updated from the first version of the Global Innovation Commons.  Follow the pathway through any of the subject header portals to view public domain technologies in the topic areas of agriculture, clean energy, water and world health that have been indexed by enforceability within each national boundary. 

Around The World: Around The World is a section which provides the GIC community with a platform which can quickly respond to large scale events.  Many times during a natural or man-made disaster, resources and value are constrained by markets, access, distribution or border issues.  The Around The World platform displays public domain technology compilations which can be used to engage situations, innovators and companies quickly.  It also allows the community to innovate and share solutions in a commons platform available to all.

Blog: The Blog is where we display the most recent community content related to our four main topic areas of agriculture, clean energy, water and world health.  Materials on the blog may include work being done outside the commons but relates strongly to the intentions of the community.

Integral Accounting: Integral Accounting is an all-inclusive approach to accounting for specific value attributes.  As we move into an era of commons creation, we look at the concept of "resources" and replace the term with attributes.  Any "resource" in current terms is enclosed and accounted for without appropriate attributes.  For example, is a barrel of oil actually equal to $75 of fiat paper currency?  What else is a barrel of oil?  We measure the barrel in context, add attributes and, agnostically as possible, account for what is taken, what is removed, what is replenished, how it is used over time and how all of the value systems describe the attribute.  Representation of value is possible using more units than currency.  Accurately and creatively accounting for all-in costs and benefits will allow for a reduction of friction and increased productivity.  

Other notes about site usage:

* Note about PDF's:  When exploring the patent sections of the site, some patents will have PDF files of the actual patent and some will not.  Any patent with no associated PDF will read "Broken PDF". 

* Note about patent data:  The Global Innovation Commons included all of the data that was currently accessible on every patent that was loaded.  Patents issued by the U.S. and E.U. offices are more likely to be fully documented, however this is not always the case.  Soon we will be adding fields for patent metadata.  Community members will be able to enhance or supplement patent information at that point.

* Note about patent categorization:  We have had many users of the Global Innovation Commons ask the question, "Why are patents categorized in the way that they are?  Some patents don't seem to fit certain categories?"  The answer is, sometimes they don't.  First, we selected the higher level categories to help users sort through the large amount of data on the site.  Different perspectives can lead to different results.  However, we realize that sometimes patents don't exactly fit one category.  For example, should we categorize a hydro-electric patent as water, clean energy or agriculture?  It depends on perspective.  Someone interested in water may see it affecting rivers, fish, and water supply for an area.  From an energy perspective, the water is creating an energy source.  A farmer may be affected by the sedimentary output or water displacement.  In short, many technologies fall into many categories. 

* Note about patent relevance:  As users sort through patent lists, sometimes patent titles look out of place.  For example, in water filtration, it is not uncommon to see patents for ice makers and refrigerators.  While these technologies and patents seem distant, we have assembled the list of patents and technologies not based on titles, but based on all components of the short, we look 'under the hood'.  Modern refrigerators and ice makers contain pipes, tubes and hoses that link the device to the house's plumbing.  Water comes in and is filtered before being dispensed in the door or on the to becoming an ice cube.  The component of a filter may be one of many components of a broad patent.  These technologies can be singled out and applied in the commons.

We compiled our lists with the aim of inclusion.  In our example, we did not exclude filtration mechanisms in refrigerators because such mechanisms may be very relevant in certain situations (such as remote villages needing a small portable filter).  Therefore, when a patent or technology seems out of place, click past the title, read the claims and descriptions, and explore how components of the technology may fit into your project.

* Note about search vs. query:  A search takes place when a user seeks to find a desired result.  A query takes place when a user asks a question and is agnostic to the result.  The Global Innovation Commons contains multiple tequiniques to sort through data including search and query.  We, however, recommend query - this allows commoners to see what they never saw before and learn what they never knew was there.