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Towards Enhanced Interoperability for Large HLT Systems: UIMA for NLP

What Convention
When 2008-05-31
from 00:00 to 23:55
Where Marrakesch/Marokko
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Workshop in conjunction with LREC 2008

The development and incremental modification of large and complex HLT systems has long been an art rather than a workflow guided by software engineering practices and principles. The interoperability of system components was hard to achieve, exchange of different modules a pain-staking task due to the low level of abstraction of specifications which described interfaces to connect with each other, and data and control flow interdependencies between various modules.

UIMA, the Unstructured Information Management Architecture, is an open-platform middleware structure for dealing with unstructured information (text, speech, audio, video data), originally launched by IBM. In the meantime, the Apache Software Foundation has established an incubator project for developing UIMA-based software ( The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) has established a Technical Committee to standardize the UIMA specification. Accordingly, an increasing number of NLP research institutes as well as HLT companies all over the world are basing their system development efforts on UIMA specifications to adhere to emerging standards.

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