Making research information open and accessible can lead to many great possibilities and outcomes for science. One of them is the possibility to mine text and data.
With TDM being a powerful tool to discover hidden and new knowledge in existing text and data, and therefore to greatly advance science, TDM should not be and is not impossible! However, TDM is often perceived as being too difficult, too technical, and therefore impossible.
Text and data mining (TDM) is the process of deriving information from machine-read material. It works by copying large quantities of material, extracting the data, and recombining it to identify patterns – JISCThe new European project OpenMinTeD will build an online infrastructure that makes content much easier to mine, by making existing text mining tools discoverable and interoperable. The infrastructure brings together text and data registries/databases and will develop a standard layer, that makes it possible to easily find text and data from all over the world, and mine it.
On top of that, OpenMinTeD will train researchers, librarians, text miners, eInfrastructure builders, policy makers and legal advisors on how to use the OpenMinTeD mining platform. And, it will provide guidance on legal, policy, technical and organisational issues.
OpenMinTeD will work closely together with FutureTDM, an EU project that will raise awareness about open text and data mining. LIBER is also involved in the FutureTDM project.
LIBER leads the tasks on Community Engagement and Sustainability, and plays a large role in the Support and Training activities.
Our involvement falls under LIBER’s strategic Key Performance Area (KPA) Scholarly Communication & Research Infrastructures and is closely connected to the Advocacy & Communications KPA.
LIBER Members involved in OpenMinTeD
- University of Amsterdam Library, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- EPFL Library, Lausanne, Switzerland
- John Rylands University Library, Manchester, United Kingdom
- Sheffield University Library, Sheffield, United Kingdom
- The Open University Library, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
For further questions about OpenMinTeD, please contact LIBER’s Communications and Events Officer Hege van Dijke.