Yeah, that’s the…Where is it? The first one is just the document confirming the time that I worked. The second one was some kind of confirmation that I worked with particular technologies in the field, where the third one is, yeah, it was the on board…
It’s not like you have to give all of it, for example this cause for technology licensing contract. If you work in the field that there is no patent or licensing application – for example, in fashion design, there is no such thing as a patent, sometimes not even copyright – in which case, there will be no technology licensing contract.
Basically, what happened is I submitted the two documents that I have. Then they called me back from the Ministry of Labor, I believe. Tom was quite surprised that it’s the Ministry of Labor calling me, not the Ministry of Technology.
OK, that’s easier than I thought, actually. With licensing, it’s tricky, especially with all…That’s the other thing. I thought that the award was necessary, but for example, there is no mention here of open source, which…
That’s what I mean, because if you don’t have a document-ratifying receipt or things like that, I think all you have to do is to provide a written note to explain why that is not applicable in your field or in your line of work.
For example, if it were me, then I really don’t have any technology patent. Then I will write a small note saying that I work on open source technology. It is actually against our fashion to get a patent. I am against software patents in general, anyway. [laughs]
Things like that. Basically, for the Ministry of Labor, what’s required is just this procedure requirement that, for each of these tick boxes, they have to have an A4 paper or something. That’s just a procedural requirement.
Ah, OK, understood. That’s what I need to do, just that’s it, just upload it. From what I talked to the lady at the ministry, it sounded like, unless I have an award, that there is no way that I’m considered.
Of course, they would strongly prefer that you have a professional field award. It could be not necessarily internal. It could be an internal, domestic recognition. It can be a, like in the Perl community, we used to have this White Camel Award, which is just the community giving to community contributions.
It could be domestic. Whether it qualifies as major or not, that’s up to the Science and Technology Ministry, Economy Ministry, or whatever. There is a jury panel. The MLL will strongly prefer if you have something.
That’s exactly…I didn’t call them, and maybe that’s the problem, because I wasn’t sure if they speak English. I sent them an email in English. I did receive a reply saying that that’s fixed, however, it’s just not. It’s still there.