Data availability policies and licensing

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Data availability policies and licensing

  1. 1. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypressBrian HoleThe Now and Future of Data Publishing, Oxford, 22 May 2013Data availability policiesand licensing
  2. 2. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypressThe Social Contractof Science• Validation• Dissemination• Further developmentScientific Malpractice• Publishers• Researchers• Libraries, repositories…
  3. 3. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  4. 4. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress• To allow use material for research: private study, criticismand review. Academics, public, private sector.We need fair use copyright exceptions• To allow mining of both text and data, by academics andprivate sector.• To allow material to be freely used in teaching and exams• Copyright exceptions are currently not harmonized acrossthe world, so researchers have to deal with a different setof exceptions in each country• The Hargreaves report recommended this for the UK but itis not yet in law
  5. 5. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypressText and data mining[the benefits of text mining include]: “increased researcher efficiency;unlocking hidden information and developing new knowledge; exploringnew horizons; improved research and evidence base; and improving thesearch process and quality. Broader economic and societal benefitsinclude cost savings and productivity gains, innovative new servicedevelopment, new business models and new medical treatments.”JISC“The downstream value of high quality, high throughput chemicalinformation extracted from the literature can be measured againstconventional abstraction services… with a combined annual turnover ofperhaps $500-1,000 million dollars. We believe our tools are capable ofbuilding the next and better generation of services.”Peter Murray-Rust
  6. 6. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress“Licences for Europe”• Focus is to create new licenses to enable TDM• I.e. researcher would need one license from eachpublisher. Much TDM work involves hundreds ofpublishers, can take weeks just for one.• Focus pre-determined from start: to come up withproposals on licenses only. Discussion of exceptionsallowed but not to be part of recommendations.• Unbalanced setup: large corporate publishers, technologysector poorly represented.Working Group 4: Text and Data Mining• Where we are now: civil society walk-out. Not prepared toendorse licenses as acceptable. Workshop tba Q4 2013.• Tell your publisher or association that this is important to you.
  7. 7. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypressLinks@ubiquitypressbrian.hole@ubiquitypress.comhttp://www.ubiquitypress.comLetter on Licenses for Europe concerns:http://www.coadec.com/more-licences-for-europe

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