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Text and data mining of large datasets is often described as the new frontier for science and research, and the high attendance at the webinar illustrates just what a hot topic this is for librarians in developing and transitional countries.
Benjamin White (Head of Intellectual Property at the British Library) provides a clear introduction to what text and data mining is, and how it differs from other methods of information retrieval - for example online search engines.
He discusses the copyright framework, and the changes needed so that libraries can help researchers to advance knowledge. He also covers how text and data mining impacts on licence agreements with publishers.
After Benjamin's presentation, Ben O’Steen (a researcher in the area of digital scholarship at the British Library) talks from personal experience about how text and data mining is transforming research.
The presentations are followed by an interesting question and answer session that includes lots of questions from participants from Africa. The webinar was hosted by the EIFL-Licensing Programme and the EIFL-IP (Copyright and Libraries) Programme.
- Presentation on Text and Data Mining by Benjamin White given in November 2013.