RDIM Terminology

Terminology

This section provides an alphabetical listing of some of the terminology used in managing research data and information along with the meaning and/or application of these terms.

Click on the letter to see the definitions starting with that letter.

A C D E F H I J L M O P R S T V W

Information

Information is research data that:

  • Has been organised and exposes relationships (ie authorship is applied to the data).
  • Has been processed in a way that makes it easier to measure, visualize and analysed for a specific purpose.
  • Is sometimes referred to as derived data or primary material.

Refer also to the DIKW Model for an explanation of the transformation of data to information.

Intellectual Property

'Intellectual property' is a broad term that describes the laws which protect products of people’s imagination and creativity.

The main forms of intellectual property include:

  • Copyright
  • Patents
  • Designs
  • Trademarks
  • Circuit layouts
  • New plant varieties
  • Confidential information.

Under the Australian Copyright Act 1968, the owner of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, sound recordings, films and broadcasts have exclusive rights which allow them to:

  • Reproduce/copy a work
  • Publish
  • Perform in public
  • Communicate the work to the public via electronic means – including making it available online or sending via email.

Intellectual property rights at JCU are managed in accordance with the Intellectual Property Policy and Procedure; see the JCU Connect website for further information about intellectual property in research.