November 25, 2015

European Research and Library Organisations Call On Elsevier To Withdraw TDM Policy

Here’s a statement from LIBER (European Association of Research Libraries):

Eighteen European research and library organisations, including LIBER, are calling on Elsevier to withdraw its current policy on text and data mining (TDM).


“We believe that Elsevier’s current TDM policy places unnecessary restrictions on researchers. It limits their ability, and their right,to mine content to which they have legal access.

The UK has already legislated to remove licensing restrictions on TDM.

We would hope to see publishers supporting a similar move in Europe, for the benefit of all our research and knowledge communities.

In this letter 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.

Read the Complete Announcement, Review List of Signatories

Direct to Open Letter From LIBER to Elsevier

See Also: Open Access Publishers Join Opposition To EPC Copyright Vision

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