Elsevier is moving to open journals for text-mining

Elsevier has been getting it in the neck, from many quarters, including me, of late. Now they seem to be trying to make some good PR moves. Heather Piwowar at UBC seems to have uncovered a direct line into Elsevier and is getting text-mining rights into the trove for UBC.But while this may be good for Heather, or even UBC, it does nothing about general access to the data for the entire community, and it also serves to distract from the debate about their pricing strategies. Heather has written about her [experiences](http://researchremix.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/elsevier-agrees/), and there is also a report in the [Chronicle](http://chronicle.com/article/Hot-Type-Elsevier-Experiments/131789/).

Personally, I think that she is serving their purposes and only winning a small concession, even if it goes through. I am with Peter Murray-Rust and his [Towards a Manifesto on Open Mining of Scholarship](http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2012/05/01/towards-a-manifesto-on-open-mining-of-scholarship/).

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