At the end of September, as part of the FutureTDM project, we will be holding a high profile event to discuss text and data mining (TDM) and what can be done to improve uptake in the EU.
Why is TDM important? Because using machine technology to sift through big data can help us further our understanding of the arts, science and beyond. This provides an opportunity for economic and cultural growth. Yet in the EU, we aren’t doing as much of this text and data mining as in other parts of the world. That is why LIBER is part of FutureTDM, an EU funded project which works with the TDM community (including librarians, publishers, funders and SMEs) to get an understanding of the content mining challenges these stakeholders face. Our project team along with externally invited experts then develop policy recommendations to help improve uptake of TDM in the EU. Information is made available at www.FutureTDM.eu and we encourage views to be shared here.
September 2016 marks the half-way point for this two year project and to inform people about our progress we will be holding our first FutureTDM workshop at the European Parliament in Brussels. The project will invite the TDM community to attend along-side the policy-shapers of Brussels (MEPs, Commission and Council Officials). We will hear about the information gathered so far from our EU-wide road show of knowledge cafes – including a library focused event held recently at LIBER Conference. Our project reports will also be explained – giving an idea of the current TDM landscape in the EU – the legal, economic and research environment. In the second half of the workshop, our invited experts will discuss the emerging factors which are significant barriers to TDM in the EU and what we can do to address them. The audience will be encouraged in person and online to provide their feedback and we will be holding a policy café in the afternoon for stakeholders who want to provide further input in a less formal setting.
LIBER has been heavily involved in FutureTDM. As project lead on stakeholder engagement activities, we have been in touch with the TDM community and have also produced a video inviting input from those working in the field. We are organising the workshop at the European Parliament under the sponsorship of the Digital Agenda Intergroup – a cross party group of MEPs – because they have understanding of big data, its potential, and the ability to take our recommendations forward.
Our workshop is a reflection of the two core themes of our project; stakeholder inclusion and expert analysis. Information about registering for the event will be on our Hub website www.FutureTDM.eu which is also the central point of information on the latest TDM developments and activities. For those who can’t attend, we will have an online poll and live twitter feed where we’ll invite questions and comments on TDM, some will be read out at the event itself! So get on board and join the TDM Community!