Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions/Folklore [WIPO]

Traditional Knowledge Online


Traditional Knowledge. WIPO.

This section of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website provides information on WIPO's work protecting traditional knowledge (TK) and expressions of folklore (TCE) of indigenous peoples. Issues dealt with include food, agriculture, biological diversity, health and traditional medicines, culture and human rights. There are details of the work being undertaken establishing guidelines for safeguarding, recording and digitizing cultural heritage along with studies, consultations and surveys being carried out by WIPO relating to traditional knowledge and customary law. Documentation and decisions from the conferences, meetings and seminars of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (the IGC) are provided in full text. Other resources on the site include a database of biodiversity-related Access and Benefit-Sharing Agreements, a selection of publications and a glossary of terms. The site also has sections dealing specifically with genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions.

Traditional Knowledge Online

Web portal providing access to information relating to Traditional Knowledge (TK), made freely available on the website of the Franklin Pierce Law Center, an independent law school in the United States. The site defines Traditional Knowledge as "a broad term referring to knowledge systems, encompassing a wide variety of areas, held by traditional groups or communities or to knowledge acquired in a non-systemic way." The aim of the portal is to make web-based resources on TK available in a structured, searchable database. The site can be searched using a range of drop down menus specifying geographic area, content provider, content type and topic. Records give the title, web link and brief abstract to the resource. The site additionally offers a glossary of TK terms.