[Open-access] OKF is doing its best to enable text and data mining research

Ross Mounce ross.mounce at gmail.com
Thu Feb 7 09:33:55 UTC 2013

Hi all,

sorry for all the announcements today. A lot is happening at the moment.

Not everyone may realise this but the Open Knowledge Foundation is hugely

1.) On Monday we were in Brussels at the *Licences For Europe meeting*,
actively participating in the first Text & Data Mining working group
meeting (#Licences4Europe on Twitter). It was largely disappointing that
the discussion was framed at the outset to exclude discussion of the type
of copyright reform many pro-access groups in the room wanted. We hope this
situation will have changed by the next working group meeting. It was
accurately described here:

2.) When journalists need quotes from people who know about the state of
open knowledge, we're an excellent organisation to ask!
In the latest edition of Nature I am quoted, representing Open Knowledge
Foundation on the subject of Creative Commons licencing of academic

The very definition of open access (
states that *anyone* must be able to re-use research *without legal barriers
*. Thus NC & ND modules of Creative Commons licences if applied do not make
that research open access, and they can significantly hinder some re-uses
like textmining.
See Joris Pekel's excellent post on some of the problems of NC for more:


PS I will try and write some of this up in a prettier blogpost on the
science.okfn blog soon.

Ross Mounce
PhD Student & Open Knowledge Foundation Panton Fellow
Fossils, Phylogeny and Macroevolution Research Group
University of Bath, 4 South Building, Lab 1.07
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