At the beginning of July, LIBER and 17 other research and library organisations across Europe called on Elsevier to withdraw its current policy on text and data mining (TDM).
The number of signatories to the letter has now surpassed 40. They include 33 professional groups plus individual researchers, professors and librarians in a total of 18 countries. All signatories are listed in an updated version of the letter.
The letter explains why we believe that Elsevier’s current TDM policy places unnecessary restrictions on researchers by limiting their ability, and their right, to mine content to which they have legal access.
We outline some of the ways in which the Elsevier policy restricts researchers’ abilities to perform TDM by requiring them to register their details and agree to a click-through license that can change at any time, and how it unfairly mandates conditions by which research outputs derived from TDM can be disseminated.
We provide constructive alternatives in every instance and hope to continue advocating for conditions by which TDM can become an increasingly valuable tool for European researchers.
Elsevier has responded to the initial letter. Their response is available here.