A great analysis and summary of the highlights of David Willetts’s recent speech on open access by Stephen Curry:
Text and data mining of the literature — which require unfettered access to the literature and the underlying data to be maximally valuable — are also considered and are clearly part of future plans. Willetts’ comments here are telling:
“I know that publishers share an appreciation of the potential of these technologies, and that some of you are supporting developers in creating new applications. We are considering how to advance UK capability in data mining in the light of the recommendations from Hargreaves, and I would like to thank the publishers who have engaged with this process. The Government wants to see an environment which enables researchers to use datasets from a number of different publishers without undue costs or obstacles – and without undermining research publishing.
Is there a subtle message here that only some publishers have realised the significance of permitting researchers access to text and data mining? I think there might be.
The transcript of the speech itself is also available.