LIBER has been invited to attend a series of high-level round-table discussions on EU copyright. In my capacity as the President of LIBER I attended a meeting focusing on Text and Data Mining (TDM) and chaired by Commissioner Oettinger in Brussels in early February 2015.
LIBER´s main message at the meeting was: “We are advocating for a mandatory exception for TDM”.
In 2014, LIBER published “Text and data mining: Key messages” which have been shared with the EC. The key principles behind the message were:
- Intellectual property was not designed to regulate the flow of facts, data and ideas
- The right to read includes the right to mine
In my address. I introduced the Commissioner to LIBER as an organisation and described our main activities. I focused on our activities in raising awareness and especially advocacy work; training and skills development at institution, national, and European level such as the LIBER leadership programme; development of infrastructures in the fields of open access, research data management and discovery services through EU-projects; and development of new working methods emphasizing collaboration.
To conclude I stated that “research is global, and cross border and cross sectoral access to content is crucial. Text and data mining has the potential to boost innovation and create jobs. In LIBER’s opinion the right to read includes the right to mine.”
More about LIBER’s TDM advocacy work can be found here.
Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, LIBER President