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>Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 14:31:17 GMT
>From: Hamish Cunningham <h.cunningham@dcs.shef.ac.uk>
>To: jackpark@thinkalong.com
>Subject: GATE version 2 released
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>Release 2.0 of GATE, a General Architecture for Text Engineering,
>is now available for download from
>   http://gate.ac.uk/
>GATE is an architecture, development and framework (or SDK) for
>building systems that process human language. It has been in
>development at the University of Sheffield since 1995, and has
>been used for many R&D projects, including Information Extraction
>in multiple languages and for multiple tasks and clients.
>GATE is free software under the GNU library licence. Version 2
>has been completely redeveloped in Java, and is a stable, robust,
>and scalable infrastructure for Natural Language Processing, which
>allows users to focus on NLP tasks, while mundane tasks like
>data storage, format analysis, data visualisation are handled
>by GATE. The new version has NLP components that will enable you
>to reliably process documents, including Web documents supplied
>as URLs, and obtain information such as the sentences they
>contain, person names, organisations, etc., etc. This is based on
>a set of reusable NLP components, which you can also use outside
>GATE by embedding them into your own applications (e.g. a news
>indexing service). GATE also provides standard tools for manual
>annotation and performance evaluation, which are essential during
>application development. GATE and its NLP components have been
>successfully used in a large number of research projects and
>commercial applications.
>A summary of features:
>- an architecture that describes NLP systems (including embedded
>   systems) as components, and that defines a set of use cases for
>   NLP infrastructure
>- a framework, or class library, that implements the architecture
>- a graphical development environment built on the framework
>- re-taskable components (beans), inc. GUI components
>- web-loaded components (HTTP, XML config)
>- distributed data (JDBC)
>- annotation model: "standoff markup", isomorphic with ATLAS,
>   typing based on XSchema
>- annotation differences viewer and automated measurement of
>   accuracy
>- XML I/O, XML system configuration Run-time interoperation with
>   e.g. XSLT or X-PATH (via re-positioning info)
>- JAPE, a pattern language for FST over annotation
>- ANNIE, A Nearly-New Information Extraction system for English
>To contact the GATE project mail
>   gate-crashers@dcs.shef.ac.uk
>or see the support page
>   http://gate.ac.uk/support.html
>Dr. Hamish Cunningham
>Department of Computer Science
>University of Sheffield, UK
>http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~hamish    (02)