Is Europe falling behind in data mining? Copyright's impact on data mining in academic research

Christian Handke*, Lucie Guibault, Joan Josep Vallbé

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Abstract

With the diffusion of digital information technology, data mining (DM) is widely expected to increase the productivity of all kinds of research activities. Based on bibliometric data, we demonstrate that the share of DM-related research articles in all published academic papers has increased substantially over the last two decades. We develop an ordinal categorization of countries according to essential aspects of the copyright system affecting the costs and benefits of DM research. We demonstrate that countries in which data mining for academic research requires the express consent of rights holders, data mining makes up a significantly smaller share of total research output. To our knowledge, this is the first time that an empirical study identified a significant negative association between copyright protection and innovation. We also show that within countries where DM requires express consent by rights holders, there is an inverse relationship between rule of law indicators and the share of DM related articles in all research articles.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Avenues for Electronic Publishing in the Age of Infinite Collections and Citizen Science
Subtitle of host publicationScale, Openness and Trust - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, Elpub 2015
EditorsBirgit Schmidt, Milena Dobreva
PublisherIOS Press BV
Pages120-130
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781614995616
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event19th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, Elpub 2015 - Malta, Malta
Duration: 1 Sep 20153 Sep 2015

Publication series

SeriesNew Avenues for Electronic Publishing in the Age of Infinite Collections and Citizen Science: Scale, Openness and Trust - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, Elpub 2015

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, Elpub 2015
Country/TerritoryMalta
CityMalta
Period1/09/153/09/15

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