What is a protocol?

Protocols are guidelines, rules and forms of governance that emanate from local contexts. They function as a means for changing people’s understanding of an issue — for instance, how a ceremony or a song should be heard and used — and how people should act in relation to it. In the context of the sharing, usage and storage of indigenous knowledge, protocols are being utilized as a strategic way of increasing reflective behavior around Indigenous rights in cultural knowledge and resource use.

Protocols function as a means for changing people’s understanding of an issue, and thus, how they might act in relation to it. In the context of the sharing, usage and storage of indigenous knowledge, protocols are being utilized as a strategic way of increasing reflective behavior around Indigenous rights in cultural knowledge and resource use. One clear advantage of protocols is that they can be flexible and adaptable to specific contexts and local interests. This makes them ideal tools for guidance on appropriate and/or ethical behavior and practice. In the absence of formal legal intellectual property mechanisms for recognizing and protecting rights in indigenous cultural knowledge, and in ever increasing contexts where relationships with Indigenous peoples are sought, or where Indigenous knowledge is used, protocols are providing a productive tool for negotiating new kinds of equitable relationships.

The word protocol itself derives from the Greek word protokollen meaning ‘table of contents’ or ‘first sheet’ and implying guidance and instruction in reading, addressing and understanding a subject. In our contemporary moment, protocols can be broadly understood as context driven policy. They can be designed to provide guidance and instruction when dealing with issues that are sensitive, and are especially helpful when the parties have differing expectations and value systems. In some instances, protocols can resemble memorandums of understanding, but can be much more expansive in addressing specific issues regarding consent, benefit sharing, relevant laws, community practice and therefore facilitate the development of future equitable relationships.

How will TK tools benefit our community?

How will TK tools benefit our community?

How long does it take to develop TK Labels?

How long does it take to develop TK Labels?

Do I need permission to use the TK Licenses?

Do I need permission to use the TK Licenses?

Intellectual Property Consult Agreement

Mozilla TK Label Interview

Mozilla TK Label Interview

How do we implement TK Labels in our collection?

How do we implement TK Labels in our collection?

Our community wants to develop TK Labels. What’s next?

Our community wants to develop TK Labels. What’s next?

NAGPRA Use Guidelines

NAGPRA Use Guidelines

What is Mukurtu and how can I use it for my collection?

What is Mukurtu and how can I use it for my collection?

What is an ethical guideline?

What is an ethical guideline?

What if my community’s collections are in multiple institutions?

What if my community’s collections are in multiple institutions?

How do you initiate collaboration?

How do you initiate collaboration?

What are the advantages of collaboration?

What are the advantages of collaboration?

Is collaboration necessary for labeling?

Is collaboration necessary for labeling?

How does the TK Label Adapter work?

How does the TK Label Adapter work?

Does our community need to know where our collections are before labeling?

Does our community need to know where our collections are before labeling?

What does this cost?

What does this cost?

Do I need special software?

Do I need special software?

Does it work with Mukurtu CMS?

Does it work with Mukurtu CMS?

How does this work in our CMS?

How does this work in our CMS?

What is a protocol?

What is a protocol?

Who is a TK Holder?

Who is a TK Holder?

What is a TK Label?

What is a TK Label?

Who are the TK Labels for?

Who are the TK Labels for?

Does labeling change anything legally?

Does labeling change anything legally?

Are TK Labels legally binding?

Are TK Labels legally binding?

What does labeling do?

What does labeling do?

Do we need to own material that we want to label?

Do we need to own material that we want to label?

Can we customize the TK Labels according to our community needs?

Can we customize the TK Labels according to our community needs?

Can we customize the TK Labels according to our institution needs?

Can we customize the TK Labels according to our institution needs?

What is Intellectual Property?

What is Intellectual Property?

What is copyright?

What is copyright?

What is a copyright holder?

What is a copyright holder?

How long does copyright last?

How long does copyright last?

What if a work was made in the US but is held in an overseas institution?

What if a work was made in the US but is held in an overseas institution?

What is public domain?

What is public domain?

What is ‘in perpetuity’?

What is ‘in perpetuity’?

What is Traditional Knowledge (TK)?

What is Traditional Knowledge (TK)?

What is the TK Label Adapter?

What is the TK Label Adapter?

What is a Memorandum of Understanding or Memorandum of Agreement?

What is a Memorandum of Understanding or Memorandum of Agreement?

Who is a TK User?

Who is a TK User?

TK Attribution (TK A)

TK Attribution (TK A)