Why Carl Malamud’s Latest Brilliant Project, To Mine The World’s Research Papers, Is Based In India | Techdirt

“Carl Malamud is one of Techdirt’s heroes. We’ve been writing about his campaign to liberate US government documents and information for over ten years now. The journal Nature has a report on a new project of his, which is in quite a different field: academic knowledge. The idea will be familiar to readers of this site: to carry out text and data mining (TDM) on millions of academic articles, in order to discover new knowledge. It’s a proven technique with huge potential to produce important discoveries. That raises the obvious question: if large-scale TDM of academic papers is so powerful, why hasn’t it been done before? The answer, as is so often the case, is that copyright gets in the way. Academic publishers use it to control and impede how researchers can help humanity.”

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Why Carl Malamud’s Latest Brilliant Project, To Mine The World’s Research Papers, Is Based In India | Techdirt