Event Report: “Text And Data Mining: A New Service For Libraries?”
Text and data mining (TDM), the automated analysis of digital data searching for trends, correlations and patterns, is rapidly gaining prominence due to exponentially increasing amounts of digital data (‘Big Data’) and decreasing technology prices. TDM enables researchers to access and analyse material that was previously impossible to process. Is TDM the next step for libraries to provide information to their users?
This was the premise of the event organised by the European Parliament’s Library, inviting experts to explain their take on the role libraries can and should play in utilising this new research potential. The panel consisted of Catherine Stihler (S&D, United Kingdom), Kiera McNeice of the British Library, Julien Roche, professor at Lille University, and was moderated by Joe Dunne, Director of the EP Library. Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, Germany) presented some opening remarks on the subject before the panel discussion began.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.