Text and data mining (TDM) is the process of deriving new information from vast quantities of machine readable materials (facts, data and ideas). TDM technology can trawl this existing data to finding new patterns, new correlations, new insights into information we already have but just aren’t humanly able to consume in the same space of time. It could help to solve some of society’s problems and has the potential for huge returns. However, there are many challenges to overcome before TDM can reach its full potential. Some of these challenges are already known, such as the lack of metadata standards and a proper legal framework for TDM. But many of the challenges are still unknown.
This group defines the technical, legal, policy and organisational challenges that TDM poses in the EU and worldwide, and will work towards borderless solutions.
This group is set up by the EU funded project OpenMinTeD, which aims to build an eInfrastructure making text and data mining (TDM) of EU content possible. The project started in June 2015 and is in the process of mapping the current opportunities and challenges for TDM worldwide.
This will be the first get-together of this group. Any institution interested in making their data available for text and data mining is invited to become a part of it.