“Enabling content mining is a core part of the value offering for Open Access publication services”

In a document prepared to contribute to the European Commission’s ongoing discussions on content mining, open access publishers outline how simple best practice can overcome any challenges that might arise from increased traffic from caused by content mining. Cameron Neylon has published a discussion document for the benefit of the European Commission on best practice…

LIBER Releases Copyright Position Statement

LIBER, Europe’s largest network of research libraries, has set out its position on European copyright reform through a statement which prioritises three high-level principles. The principles are:   Copyright should foster, not hinder, innovation and competitiveness. Access to and use of publicly funded research should not be unduly restricted by copyright. Preservation of, and access…

LIBER welcomes European Commission copyright consultation as a first step towards meaningful changes that will support digital innovation

On foot of the closing of Licences for Europe the European Commission had announced the launch of a consultation and a review of the European Copyright framework. LIBER, Europe’s largest network of research libraries, welcomes the European Commission’s launch of a consultation on the copyright framework and calls on the Commission to look at how…

Workshop report from The Perfect Swell: defining the ideal conditions for the growth of text and data mining in Europe

The report from the stakeholder workshop on creating the right conditions for text and data mining in Europe is now available. Creating the right conditions for text and data mining in Europe is an important and pressing issue for stakeholders from both research and industry. LIBER, has taken the lead on this issue and, in…

EC Report From Public Consultation on Open Research Data

The European Commission has published a report of its public consultation on open research data, held in July in Brussels. The report summarises the views of a wide variety of stakeholders (eg. researchers, industry, research funders, libraries, publishers, infrastructure developers) in response to five key questions:   How can we define research data and what…

LIBER and European Commission Discuss Research Library Involvement In Horizon 2020

On September 23rd 2013, LIBER representatives (Dr. Paul Ayris, President; Izaskun Lacunza, Executive Director, and Susan Reilly, EU Projects Manager) met with representatives from the Directorate General Connect in the European Commission. The meeting covered several topics of interest for the Commission, in areas where LIBER is actively working. Dr. Ayris also gave a lecture…

LIBER Welcomes Landmark WIPO Treaty For Visually Impaired

After more than a week of intense debate, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) formally adopted a ‘Treaty to Improve Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled’. The treaty was finalised in late June. It addresses a so-called “book famine” for print-disabled people by clearning the way…