06 February 2012 Licences of publishers do not cover new developments

New developments in higher education and research are not sufficiently covered by provisions in journal licences. Examples are demands for perpetual access to articles, usage of licensed content in course packs or virtual research environments, text mining and open access to publications.
On 22 November 2011 Knowledge Exchange organised the workshop ‘Incorporating new developments in daily licensing practice: Setting conditions for open access, patron driven access, and data & text mining’. Twenty experts on licensing negotiations from libraries and funding agencies from four countries attended the workshop.
One of the presentations discussed the demands of data and text mining. This made clear that there are insufficient provisions in licences to allow for the analysis of journal articles. Simply mining the abstracts of the articles does not provide sufficient information. After the plenary presentations breakout groups discussed the topics open access, new developments and data and text mining. This led to a lively exchange of ideas. The Knowledge Exchange Licensing expert group will work on how to implement all the provisions discussed. The suggestions will be incorporated in a meeting with publishers scheduled for March 2012.

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