In response to the “Licences for Europe- A Stakeholder Dialogue” working group meeting on text and data mining for scientific research purposes, participants from LIBER, EBLIDA and further key stakeholders have published an open letter. Adressing Commissioners Barnier, Geoghegan-Quinn, Kroes and Vassiliou of the European Commission, signatories express their concerns that additional licensing is seen as the only solution to cover the needs of researchers who wish to undertake text and data mining in content to which they already have lawful access. The letter asks for support of the view that all evidence, opinions and solutions to facilitate the widest adoption of text and data mining should be taken into account and given equal weighting.
Executive Director Alicia Lopez Medina on behalf of COAR is among the signatories. LIBER and COAR collaborate as partners on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding outlining their joint interests.