On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 2:50 AM, Simon Fenton-Jones <simo...@cols.com.au>wrote:

> Let me see if I got this right.
> "Elsevier, a leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
> information products and services", at a cost which increases much faster
> than inflation, to libraries who can't organize their researchers to back
> up
> a copy of their journal articles so they can be aggregated, is to have
> their
> platform, Sciverse, made more attractive, by the public purse by a simple
> text mining tool which they could build on a shoestring.
> Sciverse Applications, in return, will take advantage of this public
> largesse to charge more for the journals which should/could have been
> compiled by public digital curators in the first instance.
> Hmmm. So this is progress.
> Hey. It's not my money!
> Thanks very much Simon

No - it's worse. I have been expressly and consistently asking Elsevier for
permission to text-mine factual data form their (sorry OUR) papers. They
have prevaricated and fudged and the current situation is:
"you can sign a text-mining licence which forbids you to publish any
results and handsover all results to Elsevier"

I shall not let this drop - I am very happy to collect allies. Basically I
am forbidden to deploy my  text-mining tools on Elsevier content.


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> [mailto:owner-dcc-associa...@lists.ed.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Joy Davidson
> Sent: Monday, 7 November 2011 11:59 PM
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> Subject: [dcc-associates] Manchester and Elsevier team up on text-mining
> tool
> This press release may be of interest to list members.
> University enters collaboration to develop text mining applications
> 07 Nov 2011
> http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=7627
> The University of Manchester has joined forces with Elsevier, a leading
> provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and
> services, to develop new applications for text mining, a crucial research
> tool.
> The primary goal of text mining is to extract new information such as named
> entities, relations hidden in text and to enable scientists to
> systematically and efficiently discover, collect, interpret and curate
> knowledge required for research.
> The collaborative team will develop applications for SciVerse Applications,
> which provides opportunities for researchers to collaborate with developers
> in creating and promoting new applications that improve research workflows.
> The University's National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM), the first
> publicly-funded text mining centre in the world, will work with Elsevier's
> Application Marketplace and Developer Network team on the project.
> Text mining extracts semantic metadata such as terms, relationships and
> events, which enable more pertinent search. NaCTeM provides a number of
> text
> mining services, tools and resources for leading corporations and
> government
> agencies that enhance search and discovery.
> Sophia Ananiadou, Professor in the University's School of Computer Science
> and Director of the National Centre for Text Mining, said: "Text mining
> supports new knowledge discovery and hypothesis generation.
> "Elsevier's SciVerse platform will enable access to sophisticated text
> mining techniques and content that can deliver more pertinent, focused
> search results."
> "NaCTeM has developed a number of innovative, semantic-based and
> time-saving
> text mining tools for various organizations," said Rafael Sidi, Vice
> President Product Management, Applications Marketplace and Developer
> Network, Elsevier.
> "We are excited to work with the NaCTeM team to bring this expertise to the
> research community."
> Notes for editors
> Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
> information products and services. The company works in partnership with
> the
> global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals,
> and close to 20,000 book titles. A global business headquartered in
> Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide.
> NaCTeM is the first publicly funded, text mining centre in the world
> providing resources, tools and services to academia and industry. NaCTeM
> collaborates with both academia and industry, nationally and
> internationally.
> The University of Manchester
> The University of Manchester, a member of the Russell Group, is the most
> popular university in the UK. It has 22 academic schools and hundreds of
> specialist research groups undertaking pioneering multi-disciplinary
> teaching and research of worldwide significance.
> According to the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, The
> University of Manchester is now one of the country's major research
> universities, rated third in the UK in terms of 'research power'. The
> University had an annual income of £788 million in 2009/10.
> For media enquiries please contact:
> Daniel Cochlin
> Media Relations Officer
> The University of Manchester
> 0161 275 8387
> daniel.coch...@manchester.ac.uk
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Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge

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