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Associations agree on text and data mining

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A new agreement promises to help pharmaceutical companies to pursue research using text and datamining.

The agreement was reached between P-D-R, an association of 21 pharmaceutical companies, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers.

'P-D-R is proud to have renewed the trusted partnership among our organisations and again to have provided the platform for a fruitful collaboration between our diverse industries,' said Henning P. Nielsen, president of the P-D-R. 'With this agreement we have reached a milestone in fulfilling the needs for data and text mining, and our hope is that this agreement will serve as a catalyst for the full and effective utilisation of the existing solutions as well as the development of new and innovative technologies in both our dynamic sectors.'

The Pharma-Documentation-Ring (P-D-R) sample licence has been updated to grant text and data-mining rights to use the content to which each of the P-D-R members subscribes.

The licence serves as a benchmark used by P-D-R’s members to negotiate individual subscription agreements with publishers and other content suppliers. It is regularly updated to enable market demand to meet at the intersection of pharmaceutical research, bio-informatics as well as electronic and scientific publishing.

The text of the clause reads:

'Text and Data Mining (TDM): download, extract and index information from the Publisher’s Content to which the Subscriber has access under this Subscription Agreement. Where required, mount, load and integrate the results on a server used for the Subscriber’s textmining system and evaluate and interpret the TDM Output for access and use by Authorised Users. The Subscriber shall ensure compliance with Publisher's Usage policies, including security and technical access requirements. Text and data mining may be undertaken on either locally loaded Publisher Content or as mutually agreed.'