Open Source Disclosure
Open Source Disclosure is about sharing rather than hording information. It provides access to the orginal source material so that others can build on that. The information disclosed is probably not public domain since a grant of information to the public domain requires a specific declaration and in general every original work that you may produce is automatically accorded copyright protection even if it is published. Patent rights are different; the publication of such information can be a bar to obtaining a patent and therefore more discretion is advised if you beleive information is patentable but you have not yet applied for patent protection.
Open Source is compatible with the concepts of Intellectual Property, or "IP" and disclosure for sharing of your IP with others has nothing to do with giving away your creative works. These Original Works? remain the property of the Author or Authors and thus you have a right to say how your IP is used by those recieving the information. At this Sola Roof Wiki we do that in a general way through the Creative Commons Public License and additionally through a further development of this legal framework by our unique Sola Roof CCPL? which we would like to compose in collaboration with the Creative Commons.
Here are some resources to learn more about Open Source
We hope to see extensive discussions on this subject - especially since there are few developments of Open Source communities that are focused on technology developments. Other communities have developed frameworks for software development and performing arts and writting and graphic works.
The legal framework for science and technology collaboration is in a early stage of development, therefore we, in the Solaroof community are in a position to pioneer some of these urgently needed new concepts.
More on this important topic later - but if you have some thoughts on the subject please feel free to jump in by linking to this page. Introduce your idea and create a Wiki Word? link to a full description or even a question or creative idea on this topic. You can also post links and quote information from other sources but do provide the source and author(s) if your contribution is not your own work.