On 14 September LIBER participated in the kick-off of the eagerly anticipated FutureTDM project. Why such excitement? FutureTDM represents an opportunity for stakeholders such as the research library community, to shape the content mining landscape in the EU.
The TDM in FutureTDM stands for Text and Data Mining. LIBER members will be keenly aware of the huge and ever growing number of online research publications and their associated data. Not only are these publications themselves advancing knowledge discovery, combined in large numbers, they offer the potential for further insights into some of societies grand challenges such as combatting disease and climate change mitigation.
In the EU, TDM is far less prevalent than in other areas such as the US and Asia, putting it at an economic and academic disadvantage. The European Commission is funding the FutureTDM project to help rectify that. By engaging stakeholders and experts, the project will identify barriers, map the current situation in the EU and explore options for improving TDM uptake. The project will bring people together, provide a platform for discussion and keep all interested parties informed of the legal and technical landscape in the EU.
One of nine project partners, LIBER will be leading on the important task of stakeholder engagement and is also involved in project communication. Over the coming months we will be holding a raft of workshops and keeping our members up-to-date with project information and ways to get involved. For libraries, who provide access to a growing amount of scientific content, it will help the researchers we support to fully realise the value of the content we hold. This will, in turn, ensure a more rigorous approach to research and more thorough reviews of the literature.
LIBER is particularly excited about FutureTDM because it represents an opportunity to contribute to knowledge discovery at a time when the EU is focused on developing a digital single market that is fit for the digital age. We are proud that research libraries are playing an important part in this process.
Helen Frew, LIBER Advocacy Officer and contact point on Future TDM
Acknowledgement: The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under Grant Agreement no 665940.