32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Thursday, November 8 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Text Mining Rights from Three Perspectives

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Heather Piwowar's Slides             Judson Dunham's Slides         Teresa Lee's Slides

A passing tweet by co-presenter Heather Piwowar, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia, about her frustration with the limited number of Elsevier journals available for text mining led to surprising discussions with the publishing giant and a flurry of media attention. Text mining involves the automated search and compilation of huge volumes of textual data. Though invaluable for research, this technique is generally not permitted by library subscription licenses.

For the University of British Columbia, Piwowar’s advocacy of text mining and open science presented an unusual opportunity to actively partner with a researcher and library counsel to negotiate usage rights with a major publisher. At the time of writing, the Library was working with university counsel to draft terms that can be used as a model for text mining negotiations with other publishers. This issue also stimulated changes in Elsevier’s thinking, leading the publisher to undertake an extensive, top to bottom review of its text mining policies in response to this and other inquiries from researchers and customers.

The presenters will give an overview of text mining and its research application, provide the ‘back story’ of conversations amongst themselves and within their respective organizations, and engage participants in discussion of how emerging scholarly and research trends may change the business of library licensing, and beyond that, the researcher/library/publisher dynamic.

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Judson Dunham

Sr. Product Manager, Elsevier
I have been in product management at Elsevier for seven years, working mostly on our flagship online search and discovery products ScienceDirect and Scopus. In recent years I’ve led efforts to develop new ways of integrating supplementary data into online articles, establish linkages... Read More →

Teresa Lee

E-Resource & Access Librarian, Appalachian State U
Teresa Lee is a theatre and movement artist-educator. She is a Professor of performance in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Appalachian State University. Ms. Lee earned her certification to teach the Alexander Technique from Alexander Technique International. Since 1994, she has... Read More →
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Heather Piwowar

co-CEO, OurResearch
Heather is a cofounder of OurResearch. Our open-source tools (Unpaywall, Unsub, OpenAlex) are used by millions every day, in universities, businesses, and libraries worldwide, to uncover, connect, and analyze research products.

Thursday November 8, 2012 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Francis Marion Carolina Ballroom 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403