N – Towards open content mining

The use of technology to extract data and meaning by ‘mining’ journal content opens up new areas of research and new ways of answering research questions. Researchers in this emerging field have pushed for more co-operation from publishers, especially those researchers whose institutions already subscribe to journals but who aren’t able to ‘mine’ those journals’ contents due to uncertainties about copyright and licensing. The Open Knowledge Foundation has published a draft content mining declaration, with the three-pronged aim of educating researchers and librarians about the potential of mining, persuading publishers to make mining easier, and urging governments to promote and protect rights to mine. The declaration, published on the OKFN website in June, is based on three principles: right of legitimate access to mine; lightweight processing terms and conditions; and freedom to use mined information.