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Subject: [Fwd: [announce] OASIS Forms Committee to Standardize Content Analytics]

This TC's work may have strong connections to ours. It would be good if 
we can avoid overlaps and leverage their specs
in regrep 4.0 specs. Thoughts?

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Complementary Open Standards and Open Source Efforts Launch  
EMC, IBM, SAIC, Thomson, and Others Collaborate on Unstructured Information
Management Architecture (UIMA)

**Link to this press release at

Boston, MA, USA; 16 November 2006 -- Open standards consortium, OASIS, has
initiated a new effort aimed at standardizing semantic search and content
analytics. The work of the OASIS Unstructured Information Management
Architecture (UIMA) Technical Committee will advance a common method for
meaningfully accessing data contained in text such as e-mails, blog entries,
news feeds, and notes, as well as in audio recordings, images, and video.  The
OASIS work will be complemented by an Apache Software Foundation incubator
project  for developing UIMA-based open source software.

"UIMA will enable the productive use of content that exists as natural language
text, speech, and video-information created by humans for humans to
understand," explained  David A. Ferrucci of IBM, convener of the OASIS UIMA
Technical Committee. "By assigning semantics to this content, UIMA will allow
information to be exploited by database management systems, information
retrieval systems, and other traditional application infrastructure."

OASIS will refine and finalize a set of UIMA specifications based on an initial
contribution from IBM with input from DARPA, Carnegie Mellon University,
Columbia University, Stanford University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst,
MITRE Corporation, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).  

"Our goal is to define a platform-independent specification that supports the
interoperability, discovery, and composition of analytics across modalities,
domain models, and frameworks," noted Eric Nyberg, Associate Professor at the
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. "By enabling
enterprises to access the intelligence contained in their unstructured
information, UIMA will empower organizations to uncover relationships, identify
patterns, and predict outcomes."

"Dynamic discovery and  negotiation of diverse content, and smart consumption,
will be essential 21st-century processing skills. UIMA offers an exciting
solution," observed James Bryce Clark, director of standards development at
OASIS. "We're pleased to see another instance of the virtuous circle between
complementary open standards  and open source development projects. An open
standard will permit multiple devices and  implementations to talk to each
other about multi-modal information; the open source project will help a broad
range of users take advantage of the growing global body of  multi-modal
content and analytics."

The OASIS UIMA Technical Committee will operate under the Royalty Free on
Limited Terms mode, as defined by the OASIS Intellectual Property Rights
Policy. Participation in the Committee remains open to all companies,
non-profit groups, governments, academic institutions, and individuals. As with
all OASIS projects, archives of the Committee's work will be accessible to both
members and non-members, and OASIS will host an open mail list for public

About OASIS:  

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is
a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development,
convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. Members themselves set the
OASIS technical agenda, using a lightweight, open process expressly designed to
promote industry consensus and unite disparate efforts. The consortium produces
open standards for Web services, security, e-business, and standardization
efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets. Founded in
1993, OASIS has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600
organizations and individual members in 100 countries. Approved OASIS Standards
include AVDL, BCM, CAP, DITA, DocBook, DSML, ebXML CPPA, ebXML Messaging, ebXML
Registry, EDXL-DE, EML, OpenDocument, SAML, SOA-RM, SPML, UBL, UDDI, WSDM,
WS-Notification, WS-Reliability, WSRF, WSRP, WS-Security, XACML, XCBF, and XML
Catalogs. http://www.oasis-open.org

For More Information:


Press contact: 

Carol Geyer
Director of Communications, OASIS
+1.978.667.5115 x209

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