AI Legal Expert to Present Workshop for UGA Researchers, Librarians

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Modern research tools such as artificial intelligence and text and data mining can open up data in ways that researchers are only beginning to imagine. Yet the complex and intense legal landscape can be so daunting that some projects are stifled by concerns of copyright and restrictive terms of use.

On April 11, the UGA Libraries will host one of the nation’s top experts on the fair use of AI and text and data mining to help researchers and librarians understand how to avoid the pitfalls. The 90-minute workshop will be led by Dave Hansen, executive director of Authors Alliance and co-principal investigator of the Text and Data Mining: Demonstrating Fair Use Project, which is supported by the Mellon Foundation.

“If you have a research project that involves large-scale computational processing of text, images or data, there is a good chance you will need to navigate the complicated landscape of copyright and contract law. If this is a challenge you have been faced with or anticipate in your research, we invite you to join us for this interactive workshop,” said Emily Gore, deputy university librarian who chairs the university’s research data management advisory council.

Just as AI and text and data mining benefits scholars in fields across the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and more, the workshop is open to researchers across campus, including faculty and graduate students. In addition, librarians dedicated to supporting faculty and graduate students in the research and publishing process will be on hand to learn more about how they can help avoid TDM legal issues while licensing content and in other endeavors.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room 285 of the Special Collections Libraries.

Prior to joining the Authors Alliance, Hansen served as associate university librarian and lead for copyright and information policy at Duke University Libraries. He holds a JD and MSLS from UNC Chapel Hill.