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FutureTDM Report Summary

Project ID: 665940
Funded under: H2020-EU.5.f.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - FutureTDM (Reducing Barriers and Increasing Uptake of Text and Data Mining for Research Environments using a Collaborative Knowledge and Open Information Approach)

Reporting period: 2015-09-01 to 2016-05-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Text and Data Mining (TDM) has a fundamental relevance for data‐driven research and innovation: it is an inventive approach for analysing and extracting new insights and knowledge from the exponentially growing world of digitised material (data, digitised text, images, sound files, etc.).

Even if Europe is one of the largest producers of digital content and of research outputs, it is not really competitive when it comes to the exploitation of the data contained in those outputs.
The FutureTDM project addresses this issue in two ways. First, it identifies current barriers through policy analysis and consultation with researchers, developers, publishers, and SMEs. Then, it will come up with solid European wide recommendations that address and reduce the barriers on a legal, policy and organizational level.

The uptake of TDM will be increased through the provision of advice and guidance on legal issues and best practices for TDM and an increased awareness of the availability of tools, services, and content. FutureTDM will increase the engagement of stakeholders though a platform which will become a reference point for tools, reports, practices related to TDM. Similarly, a series of workshops will increase the dialogue and act to showcase the innovative potential of TDM.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

In the beginning, the coordination of the project focused very much on enabling a good start into the project. The kick-off and the first consortium meeting were crucial for developing a common understanding on the main direction and the structuring of the work. The consortium submitted 11 deliverables until the end of the first project period.

A fundamental objective of the second work package was to gather knowledge about existing stakeholders in TDM (researchers, libraries, publishers, funders, developers, etc.) and to organise different activities for outreach and engagement. A particular emphasis was given to bringing together research experts, content providers, technology infrastructure specialists, legal experts, practitioner groups from various sectors of TDM applications within Europe. Then, different workshops were organized in order to cluster stakeholders and organisations working in similar areas, or facing similar problems and with similar objectives, to identify emerging challenges and promote advocacy.

The third work package focused on the generation of a comprehensive understanding of a European TDM landscape. Existing studies, publications, policies, legal TDM regulations at national and international level, were taken into consideration in order to provide a synthetic overview of the current status and to identify barriers and obstacles that inhibit the uptake of TDM practices, tools, and technology in Europe.
Aim of the fourth work package (which is ongoing) is the investigation of current application areas and trends on TDM: research projects, relevant knowledge, tools, technologies and resources were collected and structured in order to provide a statistical overview on the current European landscape. This represented a fundamental step in the project, as these resources will be included into the FutureTDM platform and become a reference point for TDM practitioners in Europe.

The above mentioned FutureTDM platform is the focus of the sixth work package. Though the development was initially planned for the second project period, the platform is already online and contains different blog posts, Knowledge Cafes, and events related to the project and to the whole TDM field.

As part of the seventh work package, a project website as well as a social media channel (Twitter) were installed and are constantly updated. Furthermore, different kind of printable materials (a posters, flyers, factsheets, stickers) and two videos were produced and distributed. In order to have a coherent strategy for presenting FutureTDM and its outcomes, a comprehensive communication plan was developed, which includes a schedule for setting particular activities.

Another major activity of the consortium – in line with the communication plan and the dissemination package – was the presentation of the project at more than 10 venues. This includes poster, roll up banners, paper presentations all over Europe. Furthermore, a conference panel proposed by the consortium has been recently accepted, which will take place early in October.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The first major progress of the FutureTDM project is the increased awareness about the relevance of the TDM field and the European issues related to its uptake. The widespread activities (presentations, KCs, etc.) during the first period raised the visibility of the projects for many stakeholders.

Another current and relevant outcome of FutureTDM is the identification of the social, economic and scientific impacts coming from the adoption of TDM. Then, the audience of potentially future practitioners will be extended to include not only researchers and publishers, but also to business, economic, and social related stakeholders.

An additional outcome of the project, which is related to the previous one, is the catalysing function played by FutureTDM: the Knowledge Cafes focused on specific topics, allowed difference kind of audience to get in touch with one another, to share the experiences coming from different perspective, to discuss issues and barriers and to delineate possible solutions.

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