June 24, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Senate/Jessel, First Floor

Advocacy and Communications SC Workshop: Copyright Reform for Text and Data Mining


Copyright is slowly adjusting to the digital landscape. The European Commission is currently pursuing a programme of copyright reform that is expected to result in an updated European Union-wide copyright directive. In this context, it is important for libraries and educational institutions to advocate for knowledge-friendly flexibilities to copyright law. LIBER is active in this process. 

Text and Data Mining (TDM) will only increase in importance because of its capacity for facilitating through extraction new insights and knowledge from the growing masses of so-called big data, including many academic disciplines. One issue, however, is that the current legal framework in the EU facilitates far from optimal conditions for TDM research.

The workshop provides an overview of the legal framework for copyright in Europe as well as presenting a global perspective, including the latest developments at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation). We will discuss what LIBER is doing to contribute to European copyright reform. In addition, there will be tips on how to undertake an advocacy programme, which will be useful not just for ‘access to knowledge’ issues but more broadly on how to advocate to parliamentarians for any type of change. This will be a lively group participation section of the workshop.


Jonas Holm (Stockholm University, Sweden): Copyright Reform for Text and Data Mining

Ben White (British Library, UK): The WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) and the International Context

Ben White (British Library, UK): Copyright and TDM (Text and Data Mining) in the UK