Event on 22 October: How to unleash the innovative potential of text and data mining in the EU?
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How to unleash the innovative potential of text and data mining in the EU?



Thursday, 22 October 2015, 17:00 - 19:00

Silken Berlaymont (Boulevard Charlemagne 11, 1000 Brussels)   
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Catherine Stihler
IMCO Vice-Chair
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Peter Murray-Rust
ContentMine Founder
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DG Research and
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Pete Stretton
Legal expert
Text and data mining (TDM) represents a significant opportunity for growth, innovation and research in Europe. The use of computing power to analyse data is unleashing a wave of innovation, from research (social sciences, humanities, medical research) to commercially driven innovation (example - pharma, translation tools, cyber-security, product development, data-driven journalism). 

While the Commission, in its DSM Strategy, calls for "greater legal certainty to enable researchers and educational institutions to make wider use of copyright-protected material", the European Parliament stresses the need to "properly assess the enablement of automated analytical techniques for text and data for research purposes". The European Parliamentary Research Service also points out in its ex-post assessment 
on the review of the EU copyright framework (released this week) that the absence of legal certainty to support the development of TDM is a key gap in urgent need of addressing.
Together with the panelists, we will search for answers to the following questions:
  • What does the difference in national approaches regarding the implementation of the TDM exception have to teach us?
  • How much sense does it make in practice to distinguish between commercial and non-commercial uses of TDM activities?
  • How does the above compare with practices outside of Europe?
  • Is the development of TDM-specific licences, on top of licences for access to content, a solution which successfully tackles the concerns?
  • To what extent (and how) is the development of TDM software being blocked by the EU’s policy/legal framework, as well as by stakeholders’ practices?

The round table will open with keynote speeches from our panelists. The following debates with all participants will be held under Chatham House rules and will be moderated by Tony Ford, OFE's Legal Advisor. A cocktail reception will follow the event.

Please register here by Tuesday noon, 20th of October.
About OpenForum Academy

Openforum Academy is a think tank with a  broad aim to examine the paradigm shift towards openness in computing  that is currently underway, and to explore how this trend is changing  the role of computing in society. It regularly holds roundtables on areas of its interests. More on the website.