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[ANN] DBpedia Spotlight v0.6 Released (Text Annotation with DBpedia)

From: Pablo Mendes <pablomendes@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:21:22 +0200
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(apologies for cross posting)

Hi all,
We would like to announce a maintenance release of DBpedia Spotlight v0.6 -
Shedding Light on the Web of Documents. DBpedia Spotlight looks for ~3.5M
things of ~320 types in text provided as input, and tries to link them to
their global unique identifiers in DBpedia. In this version we have enabled
much more flexibility in spotting (added support for keyphrase extraction,
NER and other algorithms), including a /spot API and the ability to provide
your own spotter results into our disambiguation algorithm.

Plus, you can now send a URL, and we will extract the text and annotate it
for you. Check it out:


Only named entities?


More: https://github.com/dbpedia-spotlight/dbpedia-spotlight/wiki/Spotting

A new dataset and spotting evaluations were recently published at LREC 2012:

Mendes, P.N., Daiber, J., Rajapakse, R., Sasaki, F., Bizer, C. Evaluating
the Impact of Phrase Recognition on Concept Tagging. Proceedings of the
International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2012,
21-27 May 2012, Istanbul, Turkey.

Mendes, P.N.,  Jakob, M., Bizer, C. DBpedia for NLP: A Multilingual
Cross-domain Knowledge Base. Proceedings of the International Conference on
Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2012, 21-27 May 2012, Istanbul,

We are happy to announce that DBpedia Spotlight can now also be used from
Apache Stanbol. See:

Upcoming for 0.7: elastic indexing on hadoop, topical classification, and
new disambiguation strategies.


Many thanks to the growing community of DBpedia Spotlight users for your
feedback and energetic support. We would like to especially thank: Rohana
Rajapakse, Jo Daiber, Hector (Liu Zhengzhong), Max Jakob, Iavor Jelev,
Reinhard Schwab, Giuseppe Rizzo for their contributions to our codebase.
This release of DBpedia Spotlight was partly supported by The European
Commission through the project LOD2 – Creating Knowledge out of Linked Data
(http://lod2.eu/), and by the Early Adopter Program of the project IKS -
Interactive Knowledge Stack (http://iks-project.eu)


* Demonstration UI:  http://spotlight.dbpedia.org/demo/

* Call our web service: You can use our demonstration Web Service directly
from your application.

curl http://spotlight.dbpedia.org/rest/annotate \
  --data-urlencode "text=President Obama called Wednesday on Congress to
extend a tax break  for students included in last year's economic stimulus
package, arguing
  that the policy provides more generous assistance." \
  --data "confidence=0.2" \
  --data "support=20"

* Run your own server: If you need service reliability and lower response
times, you can run DBpedia Spotlight in your own InHouse-Server.

unzip dbpedia-spotlight-quickstart.zip
cd dbpedia-spotlight-quickstart/

* Build from source: We provide a Java/Scala API for you to use our code in
your application.

DBpedia Spotlight's source code is provided under the terms of the Apache
License, Version 2.0. Part of the code uses LingPipe under the Royalty Free

If you use DBpedia Spotlight, please join
dbp-spotlight-users@lists.sourceforge.net for announcements and other
discussions. If you are doing some research related to DBpedia Spotlight,
please consider submitting to WoLE'2012
http://wole2012.eurecom.fr(*Deadline: July 31st 2012*)

Happy annotating!

Pablo, Jo, Max, Chris

Pablo N. Mendes
Research Associate
Freie Universität Berlin
Received on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:22:05 UTC

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