Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Giving Away the Farm

IBM has announced that it will release its new Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) technology under an open source license for software developers to build upon.

UIMA uses natural language processing and other techniques to analyze and annotate vast amounts of unstructured information, producing relevant knowledge for users to deal with. This will enable the creation of intelligent search engines that can understand the underlying conceptual relationships between documents, as opposed to current systems that focus simply on keywords and hyperlinks. The IBM website for this project seems rather dull at first, but if they can deliver on the capabilities they're promising, we certainly have a lot to look forward to.

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