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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, Member of the European Parliament, IMCO Vice-Chair;
  • Peter Murray-Rust, Founder of ContentMine and Shuttleworth Fellow;
  • Jean-Francois DechampPolicy Officer in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission;
  • Pete Stretton, Legal expert on software copyright and related legal implications of digital content-mining;

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). Widespread adoption of TDM will ultimately prove crucial to Europe’s global competitiveness. Evidence already points to a growing gap in the research sector, between European and Japan and the US. 

In this Round Table, we focus on these opportunities and on the roadblocks that may be hindering European researchers and companies, in the context of the Digital Single Market. In particular, from the copyright perspective, lack of clarity on when TDM is legally permissible, and the differences in national approaches - from the UK to Germany - are often cited as key concerns. 

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". Finding the balance between protecting the legitimate interests of rightholders and ensuring a forward looking European research and innovation policy will help unleash the potential of TDM for the benefit of the European society. 

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. Find out more on the OFA website.