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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache cTAKES™ as a Top-Level Project
Date Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:01:34 GMT
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Open Source natural language processing (NLP) tool for information extraction from electronic
medical record clinical free-text

Forest Hill, MD –9 April 2013– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer
developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today
announced that Apache cTAKES has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level
Project (TLP), signifying that the Project's community and products have been well-governed
under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache cTAKES (clinical Text Analysis and Knowledge Extraction System) is an Open Source natural
language processing system for information extraction from electronic medical record clinical
free-text. Widely used in production by numerous organizations across the healthcare sector,
cTAKES was started in 2006 by a team of physicians, computer scientists and software engineers
at Mayo Clinic, and was submitted to the Apache Incubator in June 2012. 

Apache cTAKES was built using the Apache UIMA framework and the Apache OpenNLP natural language
processing toolkit. Its components are specifically trained for the clinical domain out of
diverse manually annotated datasets, and create rich linguistic and semantic annotations that
can be utilized by clinical decision support systems and clinical research. 

"As a well-developed NLP tool with a mature codebase, cTAKES is the cornerstone of a variety
of use cases in the domain of biomedicine such as phenotype discovery, translational science,
pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics," said Pei Chen, Vice President of Apache cTAKES. "We
are pleased to have proven our adoption of the 'Apache Way', and welcome additional contributors
to our growing community."

Availability and Oversight
Apache cTAKES software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected
team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the
Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache
cTAKES source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at http://ctakes.apache.org/. 

About the Apache Incubator
The Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of
the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation. All code donations from external organizations
and existing external projects wishing to join the ASF enter through the Incubator to: 1)
ensure all donations are in accordance with the ASF legal standards; and 2) develop new communities
that adhere to our guiding principles. Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects
until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision making
process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful ASF projects. While incubation
status is not necessarily a reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does
indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF. For more information, visit
http://incubator.apache.org/.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading
Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server
software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way", more than 400
individual Members and 3,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available
enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions
are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing
lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings,
and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations
and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, Go Daddy,
Google, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group,
SpringSource/VMware,
 WANdisco, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF
on Twitter.

"Apache", "cTAKES", "Apache cTAKES", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks
of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands
and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Contact:
Sally Khudairi
Vice President
The Apache Software Foundation
press@apache.org
+1 617 921 8656

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