Making the Data Available: Understanding Public Good

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Public good, from the word itself, is something for everyone’s consumption such as products or services made available to the people. To determine whether something is a public good, it is expected to have two criteria. First, non-rivalrous, where there is always enough supply of goods for people even as the consumption increases. Second, non-excludable, which means that it should be available to ALL people. 

In the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), some examples of public good are the services it offers and tangible technological innovations that were a result of the agency’s extensive research and development (R&D) efforts in the field of ICT, Microelectronics, Space Technology, and other related fields. A public good is any DOST-ASTI's products and/or services that are transferred for end-user’s exclusive use in applications, including, but not limited to, research, academic, development, disaster risk management, national security, and non-commercial purposes and subject to End-User Licensing Agreement’s (EULA) terms and conditions. 

The Technology Licensing Office (TLO) of the DOST-ASTI, guided by its mission to Foster Innovation in the Field of Information and Communications Technology and Microelectronics by Bridging the Gap Between Technology and People using Technology Transfer Mechanisms, is tasked to smoothly transition the R&D outputs of the agency from securing its intellectual property (IP) assets up to successfully transferring them for the purposes of either Public Good, Extension Service, or Commercialization. 

The DOST-ASTI TLO has its own criteria for public good which are: 

  • Transferred to end-users (public and private) for its exclusive use of the DOST-ASTI's products and/or services requested for non-commercial/ non-profit use. 
  • DOST-ASTI products and/or services that are non-exclusively licensed to end-users via EULA and are subjected to its terms and conditions. 

In a recent article on IP Application, it was mentioned that derivative data of DOST-ASTI projects like Meteorological Data Acquisition Stations for Information Dissemination (MASID)Remote Sensing and Data Science: DATOS Help Desk (DATOS)Understanding Lightning and Thunderstorms (ULAT), and the Philippine Earth Data Resource and Observation (PEDRO) Centerare offered for public good purposes. A total of 61 end-user license agreements (EULAs) were released in 2020. The distribution of the licenses consists mostly of end-users coming from the academe while the greatest number of data licensed to be used were weather data. 

The DOST-ASTI TLO, depending on the certain services wanted by the interested party, requires submission of requirements such as a letter request to the head of DOST-ASTI, a copy of government-issued ID, and an accomplished and signed EULA, issued by DOST-ASTI. 

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The DOST-ASTI Technology Licensing Office (TLO) leads activities in Intellectual Property protection, commercialization, licensing, and technology transfer. It aims to bridge the gap between DOST-ASTI technologies and the public. For any queries with the DOST-ASTI TLO kindly email them at tlo@asti.dost.gov.ph, you may also visit their Facebook page here, or visit their project page through https://asti.dost.gov.ph/services/technology-licensing-office/