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IBM Research - What is Open Collaborative Research?


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Open Collaborative Research is an IBM program that supports software research between IBM and universities that aims to contribute to the growth of open source software.

The projects we select are technically challenging and of great importance to the software industry and the world-at-large. Through them we hope to forge deep, multi-year relationships between IBM and academic researchers.

All participants must agree that any software developed in an OCR project will be made available as open source. Other intellectual property stemming from OCR collaborations also will be openly available.

Projects must be nominated by an IBM employee who will serve as a collaborator with the university faculty. An IBM researcher(s) must submit a project summary that includes a description of the project's goals and scope; a discussion of the expected outcomes and merits of the proposed work, and information about why open collaboration is needed.

If you are interested in pursuing a nomination for an OCR project, speak with your IBM contact(s) in IBM Research or e-mail Steve Lavenberg, associate director, Computer Science, IBM Research.


OCR grew out of an initiative in December 2005 by IBM, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and seven other IT and academic institutions to promote Open Collaboration Principles, which would accelerate collaborative research and innovation in software.

Last updated on April 11, 2011