(12 December 2013) IFLA is pleased to announce the publication of a Statement on Libraries and Text and Data Mining. The IFLA Governing Board approved the statement on 4 December 2013.
There are vast amounts of information and data being generated every day through government, academic, economic and social activities. Text and data mining has emerged as a significant tool to assist individuals and institutions identify patterns, trends and anomalies in data, and to develop new efficiencies and forms of knowledge.
The IFLA Statement on Text and Data Mining is particularly timely. On 5 December 2013, the European Commission announced its public consultation on modernization of copyright rules. Whether text and data mining should be facilitated by an exception is one question contained within that consultation.
The full announcement is here.