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European Commissioners endorse STM's text and data mining roadmap

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European Commissioners have recommended the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers’ (STM) text and data mining (TDM) Roadmap as one of the 10 outcome ‘pledges’ that they hope will bring value to the future of digital content delivery and licensing within Europe.

The endorsement came at the final meeting of the Licences for Europe stakeholder dialogue.

Early last year STM issued a variety of sample licences, which publishers can adopt for TDM purposes, and now hopes that the adoption of its TDM roadmap as an official pledge of the Licences for the Europe Initiative will ensure both a sustainable as well as a digital future.

At the final plenary meeting, Commissioner Michel Barnier said that that the STM TDM Roadmap '…offers a pragmatic response to researchers who wish to make automatic searches of scientific publications to which access is not currently open.'

Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou added that 'Licences for Europe has also launched a much-needed European-level debate on text and data mining. It is a complex and very technical area. The model licensing clause proposed by publishers, together with the web-based hub to facilitate text and data-mining for non-commercial uses free of cost, are important outcomes. They are available for libraries and researchers who wish to take advantage of this solution.'