iDSC 2017

Salzburg, Austria
12 – 13 June 2017

Our FutureTDM Symposium will be held at the International Data Science Conference 2017, in Salzburg Austria. With EU copyright reform now in progress, we bring together policy makers and stakeholder groups so that we can share FutureTDM’s findings and our first expert driven policy recommendations and practitioner gidelines that can help increase EU TDM.

We will introduce FutureTDM’s overarching policy recommendations and sector specific guidelines to help stakeholders overcome the barriers we’ve identified. We hope to hear about TDM experiences on the ground at the IDSC 2017. We will also reveal more about the project’s tools and services, practical tutorials, demos, online help and how to guides to increase TDM uptake.

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ELPUB 2017

Limassol, Cyprus
6- 8 June 2017

FutureTDM Project will be at ELPUB this June!
Looking forward to have great discussions with participants on publishing and science.

The International Conference on Electronic Publishing (Elpub) approaches its 21st anniversary. Elpub 2017 is the 21st edition of the conference and it will continue the tradition, bringing together academics, publishers, lecturers, librarians, developers, entrepreneurs, users and all other stakeholders interested in issues regarding electronic publishing in widely differing contexts. These include the human, cultural, economic, social, technological, legal, commercial and other relevant aspects that such an exciting theme encompasses.

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Creative Commons Summit

Toronto, Canada
28 – 30 April 2017

FutureTDM Project was at the Creative Commons Summit this April!
We were very pleased that our FutureTDM session proposal was accepted for the 2017 Creative Commons Global Summit.

This years summit took place in April in Toronto bringing together a diverse group of global network affiliates, policymakers, national CC representatives and many others.

Read about the event and FutureTDM session here.

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LTA Conference

Brussels, Belgium
21 – 22 November 2016

FutureTDM Project will be at LT-Accelerate this November!
LT-Accelerate is a conference that provides Business insight in social, online, and enterprise data sources, discovered through:

  • Big data analytics: Natural language processing, text & speech analytics, social intelligence, and semantic technologies, applied for…
  • Essential business functions: Customer service and support, market research, social listening and engagement, policy & politics, and more, at…
  • Modern, social, data-informed organisations.

The conference is this year in its third edition. It is a  joint production of LT-Innovate — the association of the language technology industry — and U.S. consultancy Alta Plana Corporation, headed by industry analyst Seth Grimes.

[image courtesy of LT-Accelerate]

Liber Conference

LIBER Conference

Helsinki, Finland
29 June – 1 July 2016

LIBER (the Association of European Research Libraries) is the main network for research libraries in Europe. The association, founded in 1971, includes more than 400 national, university and other libraries from over 40 countries. LIBER’s Annual Conference is one of the most important gatherings for research library professionals. During the event, participants can build networks and share information and ideas with one another.

The theme of this year’s conference, held in Helsinki, is Libraries: Opening Paths to Knowledge, so it seems very fitting that there will be a joint FutureTDM/OpenMinTeD knowledge café workshop here. Those registered to attend LIBER Conference are welcome to participate.

Visit the conference website for more information about the programme and registration.

[image courtesy of LIBER]

Berlin Buzzwords

Berlin Buzzwords 2016

Berlin, Germany
5-7 June 2016

FutureTDM Knowledge Cafe in Germany will take place on the 6th of June during Buzzwords 2016 in Berlin.

Berlin Buzzwords is Germany’s most exciting conference on storing, processing and searchability of large amounts of digital data. It focuses on open source software projects. The 7th edition of Berlin Buzzwords will be held on June 05-07, 2016 at Kulturbrauerei.

For more information please visit here.

You can sign up here.

[image courtesy of Buzzwords]


LREC 2016 International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

Portorož, Slovenia
23-28 May 2016

FutureTDM Knowledge Cafe in Slovenia will take place on the 24th of May during the LREC conference in Portorož.

The International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation is organized by ELRA biennially with the support of institutions and organizations involved in HLT.

For more information please visit here.

You can sign up here.

[image courtesy of ELRA]

Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy Vacation School 2016

Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy Vacation School 2016

Venice, Italy
28-30 April 2016

Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy Vacation School will take place in Venice from April 28 to April 30, 2016. Leading researchers and practitioners will discuss issues related to new markets, currencies and big data in the digital economy.

FutureTDM will hold a workshop at this event in Venice, to discuss TDM together with the participants of the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).

For more information visit here.

[image courtesy of CAGE]

IoTBD 2016

IoTBD 2016 International Conference on Internet of Things and Big Data

Rome, Italy
23-25 April 2016

The first edition of the IoTBD Conference (International Conference on Internet of Things and Big Data) organized by INSTICC (Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication) will take place from the 23th to the 25th April 2016 in Rome, Italy. FutureTDM will hold a presentation on IoTBD 2016.

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FutureTDM Knowledge Cafe in London

London, UK, St Paul’s Centre, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9PJ
 12 April 2016, 15:00-17:00

At this event, participants will have the opportunity to provide input on TDM barriers in relation to Economy and Incentives, Technical and Infrastructure, Content and Legal, Education and Skills.


Our next knowledge cafe takes place:
Tuesday 12th April, 3pm-5pm
St Paul’s Centre, Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9PJ


To apply please visit


Applications will be moderated due to limited space and aim. We will confirm your place by 6th April and as soon as possible for applications received after that date.

[image courtesy of St.Paul’s Centre]


Dutch Presidency Open Science Conference
FutureTDM Open Science Café

Amsterdam, Europe Building, Katterburgerplein 1,  1018 KK
 5 April 2016

Open Science is a key priority of the Dutch Presidency. The Netherlands is committed to open access to scientific publications and the best possible re-use of research data, and it would like to accelerate the transition this requires.

At this Presidency conference, Member States and stakeholders can emphasise the importance of this transition. The invitees will include politicians and officials, and stakeholders from Europe, such as researchers, publishers, representatives of universities and research organisations, and organisations and companies that support research. In addition, there will be an explicit focus on new users of scientific information.

As part of the conference, FutureTDM will be one of four EU projects taking part in a series of ‘Open Science Cafes’. Participants will be given an informal setting to talk and share their ideas on text and data mining and discuss pertinent issues. A highly popular conference, registration is now full but we will be reporting back from the event on our twitter feed and blog page.


FutureTDM Knowledge Cafe: Exploring Barriers to EU Text and Data Mining

Leiden, The Netherlands, Academy Building, Rapenburg 73, 2311 GJ
 29 February 2016, 14:00-17:00

Content mining techniques lie at the heart of data-driven research and innovation. Yet, as identified by the European Commission, the practice is currently underused by EU researchers. During this Knowledge Cafe, which is a collaboration between FutureTDM and the Leiden Centre of Data Science, we want to hear from those working in the field to explore why.

FutureTDM is a European Commission funded project to identify current barriers to text and data mining (TDM) in Europe and produce solid European-wide recommendations that address and reduce these barriers on a legal, policy and organisational level. The Knowledge Cafes represent an informal opportunity gather feedback on EU text and data mining in consultation with researchers, developers, publishers, SMEs and many other stakeholder groups working in the field.


After a welcome from Prof. dr. Jaap van den Herik, director of the Leiden Centre of Data Science, we will hear from FutureTDM’s consortium members. Content Mine’s Professor Peter Murray-Rust, will present on TDM and its application in the research field to provide some food for thought ahead of the informal discussions. LIBER Chief Executive Susan Reilly will then lead us into the cafe where, over coffee, participants will talk around four tables covering key areas:

  • Legal clarity
  • Economy (ie funding)
  • Technical infrastructure
  • Research environment

We will have a short round up of findings before a drinks reception where participants get the chance to talk further with each other.  Stakeholder input will be under Chatham House Rules, so noted on an anonymous basis or with attribution by permission.

Information gathered in the meetings will feed into our project recommendations, website and ultimately into the project’s Online Information Hub which will be launched towards the end of the year. This will also be useful in the wider context of TDM policy in the EU, where legislation is soon to be proposed.


Event Report – read our blog


Future TDM presented at Digital4EU Stakeholder Forum 2016

Brussels, Belgium
25 February 2016

The Digital4EU Stakeholder Forum will take place in Brussels on Thursday 25 February 2016. This one-day event, organised by the European Commission, will be centred around the progress made in creating a Digital Single Market in Europe. FutureTDM will have a stand at the event so that we can talk to the attendees and hear their experiences of TDM and potential barriers to uptake. Hope to see you there!


Future TDM presented at DISH Conference 2015

Rotterdam, Netherland
7 December 2015

What good can come from freeing up access to heritage data? The exciting thing is, we don’t even know the half of it! 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 grand challenges and has the potential for huge returns, with estimates that it could add more than €5.3billion to the EU research budget.
So why aren’t we doing more of it? In Europe, TDM is far less prevalent than in other regions, notably the US and Asia. Because of this, the European Commission is currently funding two projects to look into removing barriers to TDM. OpenMinTed and FutureTDM will run for two years. The projects focus strongly on better access to TDM and hearing from stakeholders. Do you want to know about TDM and how it can facilitate new discoveries? Have you reservations about the technology? Are you interested in finding out more about stakeholder engagement? Come along to hear about TDM, its application in the heritage sector (case study by Steven Claeyssens, Koninklijke Bibliotheek) and take part in the interactive workshop. Your opinions matter to these projects and your feedback will be absorbed!


Learn more about FutureTDM at ICT 2015

Lisbon, Portugal
20-22 October 2015

FutureTDM continuously searches for new perspectives and knowledge on text and data mining in Europe. In this sense we are presenting it at the ICT 2015 event in Lisbon, during a networking session focused on “Shaping the future of text and data mining in Europe”. The ICT 2015 comprises a range of activities such as a policy conference, an interactive exhibition, networking opportunities, H2020 thematic sessions and Startup European Forum offering activities for innovative startups. The event brings together experts, researchers and policy makers in the field of research and innovation in ICT.