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From Hamish Cunningham <ham...@dcs.shef.ac.uk>
Subject GATE: new version, new website, new manual, new commercial support
Date Tue, 08 Dec 2009 17:47:10 GMT
GATE (http://gate.ac.uk/) news:

- release 5.1 of GATE Developer is now available, with lots of new
  features and integration of a number of important systems from 3rd
  parties (e.g. LingPipe, OpenNLP, OpenCalais, a revised UIMA
  connector); see http://gate.ac.uk/gate/doc/announce-5-1.html
- http://gate.ac.uk/ has had a face lift, and is now running on GATE
  Wiki
- the GATE User Guide has been revised and extended:
  http://gate.ac.uk/userguide/
- Ontotext (http://www.ontotext.com/) and Matrixware
  (http://www.matrixware.com/) now offer a new range of commercial
  support and custom development services

The 5.1 release highlights include:

- an entirely new ontology API from Johann Petrak of OFAI (the old
  one is still available but as a plugin)
- new benchmarking facilities for JAPE from Andrew Borthwick and
  colleagues at Intelius
- new quality assurance tools from Thomas Heitz and colleagues at
  Ontotext and Sheffield 
- a generic tagger integration framework from René Witte of
  Concordia University
- several new code contributions from Ontotext, including a large
  knowledge base gazetteer and various plugin wrappers from Marin
  Nozchev, Georgi Georgiev and colleagues
- a revised and reordered user guide, amalgamated with the
  programmers' guide and other materials, and new screencams from
  Matrixware at http://gate.ac.uk/demos/developer-videos/
- Groovy support, application composition, section-by-section
  processing and lots of other bits and pieces
- new parallel text alignment tools from Sheffield

GATE has been supported by the EPSRC, BBSRC, AHRC, JISC, the EU and
commercial sponsors. To sponsor GATE see
http://gate.ac.uk/sponsor.html

The press release: http://gate.ac.uk/press/ or
http://www.shef.ac.uk/mediacentre/2009/1450.html

Coming soon: GATE Cloud, partly sponsored by http://www.larkc.eu/

2010 GATE events (http://gate.ac.uk/events.html):

- Sheffield, May 10-14, 2010: GATE intensive training course
- Malta, May 17-18, 2010: LREC "New Challenges for NLP
  Architectures" workshop
- Malta again, May 17-18, 2010: LREC "NLP and the Semantic Web"
  tutorial
- Vienna, May 31 2010: the 1st Information Retrieval Facility
  Conference: http://www.ir-facility.org/events/irf-conference/
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