[OpenGLAM] Fwd: [open-science] Open letter to Elsevier

Lieke Ploeger lieke.ploeger at okfn.org
Thu Jul 10 09:09:09 UTC 2014

Dear all,

This week LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraires, together
with 17 internationa library and research organisations, issued on open
letter to Elsevier calling to withdraw its current policy on text and data
mining (TDM).

The letter requests that Elsevier withdraw its TDM policy because it places
unfair restrictions on how researchers can mine content to which they have
legal access to and how they disseminate the results of their research.

>From the letter:

"TDM is a digital research method which enables the analysis of vast and
heterogeneous types of content. It has led to new medical and scientific
discoveries and is set to be key to increasing the productivity of research
and become an established element of research methodologies. Europe is
falling behind in the exploitation of TDM because the lack of clarity in
the current European copyright framework is disincentivising the uptake of
TDM by researchers. In the UK, an exception for TDM has been introduced
into legislation. What this means is that TDM will no longer be an activity
that is subject to licence in the UK; any researcher will be free to mine
content to which their institution has legal access. We see no reason that
researchers across Europe and beyond should not have equal rights to mine
content to which they have legal access."

This letter is part of LIBER’s larger campaign for a European copyright
exception for TDM - the full letter is available here:

It is open to further signatories, so please disseminate amongst your
networks! Individuals or organisations wishing to sign the letter should
forward their details and logo to susan.reilly at kb.nl (Susan Reilly,
Advocacy & Projects Manager, LIBER).

Best regards, Lieke Ploeger.

Lieke Ploeger

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