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FutureTDM Knowledge Cafe: Exploring Barriers to EU Text and Data Mining

Monday 29 February 2016
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden

Content mining techniques lie at the heart of data-driven research and innovation. Yet, as identified by the European Commission, the practice is currently underused by EU researchers. During this Knowledge Cafe, which is a collaboration between FutureTDM and the Leiden Centre of Data Science, we want to hear from those working in the field to explore why.

FutureTDM is a European Commission funded project to identify current barriers to text and data mining (TDM) in Europe and produce solid European-wide recommendations that address and reduce these barriers on a legal, policy and organisational level. The Knowledge Cafes represent an informal opportunity gather feedback on EU text and data mining in consultation with researchers, developers, publishers, SMEs and many other stakeholder groups working in the field.


After a welcome from Prof. dr. Jaap van den Herik, director of the Leiden Centre of Data Science, we will hear from FutureTDM’s consortium members. Content Mine’s Professor Peter Murray-Rust, will present on TDM and its application in the research field to provide some food for thought ahead of the informal discussions. LIBER Chief Executive Susan Reilly will then lead us into the cafe where, over coffee, participants will talk around four tables covering key areas:

•             Legal clarity
•             Economy (ie funding)
•             Technical infrastructure
•             Research environment

We will have a short round up of findings before a drinks reception where participants get the chance to talk further with each other.  Stakeholder input will be under Chatham House Rules, so noted on an anonymous basis or with attribution by permission.

Information gathered in the meetings will feed into our project recommendations, website and ultimately into the project’s Online Information Hub which will be launched towards the end of the year. This will also be useful in the wider context of TDM policy in the EU, where legislation is soon to be proposed.

We have a limited capacity. If you are interested in this event, please contact office@futuretdm.eu.

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