EThOS (https://ethos.bl.uk) is the UK's national thesis service listing over 500,000 doctoral theses and providing immediate access to over 300,000 digital theses. In 2014 a new copyright exception for non-commercial text and data mining (TDM) came into force permitting certain acts of copying that would otherwise constitute copyright infringement, in particular the copying of an entire work and not just for fair dealing with the work. This report explores the opportunities, challenges, risks and workflows that the British Library and researchers would need to consider when wishing to support text and data mining from the EThOS corpus of doctoral theses. The author undertook the work as part of the National Compound Collection project supported by Royal Society of Chemistry to investigate the identification and re-use of chemical compounds reported inside the pages of doctoral theses.
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