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The social, political and legal aspects of text and data mining (TDM).

Brook, Michelle; Murray-Rust, Peter; Oppenheim, Charles


Michelle Brook

Peter Murray-Rust

Charles Oppenheim


The ideas of textual or data mining (TDM) and subsequent analysis go back hundreds if not thousands of years. Originally carried out manually, textual and data analysis has long been a tool which has enabled new insights to be drawn from text corpora. However, for the potential benefits of TDM to be unlocked, a number of non-technological barriers need to be overcome. These include legal uncertainty resulting from complicated copyright, database rights and licensing, the fact that some publishers are not currently embracing the opportunities TDM offers the academic community, and a lack of awareness of TDM among many academics, alongside a skills gap.


BROCK, M., MURRAY-RUST, P. and OPPENHEIM, C. 2014. The social, political and legal aspects of text and data mining (TDM). D-Lib Magazine [online], 20(11/12). Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 30, 2014
Online Publication Date Nov 30, 2014
Publication Date Nov 30, 2014
Deposit Date Nov 21, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 21, 2014
Journal D-Lib Magazine
Print ISSN 1082-9873
Electronic ISSN 1082-9873
Publisher Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 11/12
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