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Extending a Tool Resource Framework with U-Compare

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This paper deals with the issue of two-way traffic between on the one hand, language resources that have been conceived from a local perspective, i.e. from within a local project or institution, and on the other, a shared framework conceived from a global perspective that supplies such resources for local re-use or enhancement. We believe that a key enabler to such traffic is the choice of an appropriate sharing platform, and here we illustrate the point with respect to a constellation of EU projects that is attempting to enhance the quality and scope of shared resources, and a local project that has some already-developed local functionality. The paper first introduces the underlying projects, then goes on to discuss the proposed platform (U-Compare) whose use is then illustrated for a small module developed for a local project.


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    University of Malta and Malta Council for Science and Technology.

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    Apache UIMA is an Apache-licensed open source implementation of the UIMA specification, which is being developed concurrently by a technical committee within OASIS (

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    U-Compare is a joint project between the University of Tokyo, the Center for Computational Pharmacology (CCP) at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, and the National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTem) at the University of Manchester.

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    A Java Integrated Development Environment (

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    Navigate to for the full list of U-Compare components.

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    See for the latest updates.


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The work described above has been carried out under the auspices of the METANET4U project jointly funded by the EU (grant number 270893) and the Universities of Malta and Manchester.

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Rosner, M., Attard, A., Thompson, P., Gatt, A., Ananiadou, S. (2014). Extending a Tool Resource Framework with U-Compare. In: Vetulani, Z., Mariani, J. (eds) Human Language Technology Challenges for Computer Science and Linguistics. LTC 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 8387. Springer, Cham.

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