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Subject: Welcome to Discussion on UIMA Technical Committee

Welcome to the comment list for the Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) Technical Committee.  The purpose of this list is for OASIS Members to submit comments on the proposed charter found at: http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/oasis-charter-discuss/200609/msg00001.html.

UIMA stands for Unstructured Information Management Architecture. The acronym UIMA is the name used to refer to a project that started at IBM (http://www.ibm.com/research/uima) focused on creating a common framework for supporting the creation, composition and deployment of text and multi-modal analytics. These “analytics” are the fundamental building blocks used for developing applications that automatically discover the latent semantics in unstructured information (e.g., natural language documents, emails, chat, speech, video etc).  IBM has developed and contributed a Java-based framework implementation into the open-source community (http://uima-framework.sourceforge.net/ ). This initial implementation addresses a host of interoperability and deployment requirements and exercises  many architecture concepts. It is not,  however a general platform-independent specification.

The scope of work of the TC is to generalize from the published UIMA Java Framework implementation and produce a platform-independent specification in support of the interoperability, discovery and composition of analytics across modalities, domain models, frameworks and platforms.

Specifically, the TC is to consider an initial draft contributed by IBM in the Research Report based on the UIMA project entitled "Towards an Interoperability
Standard for Text and Multi-Modal Analytics". This report should be used as a straw man to scope, develop, rationalize a promote a formal UIMA specification.


Dave Ferrucci

David A. Ferrucci, PhD
Senior Manager, Semantic Analysis & Integration
Chief Architect,  UIMA
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
19 Skyline Drive, Hawthorne, NY 10532
Tel: 914-784-7847, 8/863-7847

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