[Elsnet-list] brat rapid annotation tool v1.3 (Crunchy Frog) release announcement

Pontus Stenetorp pontus at stenetorp.se
Thu Nov 8 09:02:35 CET 2012


Dear colleagues,

We are proud to announce brat v1.3 (Crunchy Frog), an open-source (MIT),
browser-based tool for text annotation. The tool is available from:

    http://brat.nlplab.org/

And examples of past and potential usages presented at:

    http://brat.nlplab.org/examples.html

brat is a general-purpose tool for the visualisation and creation of
annotations for tasks such as entity mention annotation, relation and event
annotation, dependency syntactic annotation, and others. The new version
introduces many new features to the tool, including:

* entity normalisation / linking / grounding support
    http://brat.nlplab.org/normalization.html
* supporting embedded visualisations for web pages and web-based applications
    http://brat.nlplab.org/embed.html
* discontinuous text annotations
* in-built annotation tutorials and additional example corpora
* new annotation comparison functionality
* a fast, easy-to-use standalone server (experimental)

For details, please see:

    http://brat.nlplab.org/new-in-v1.3.html

If you want to upgrade an existing installation, please see:

    http://brat.nlplab.org/upgrading-to-v1.3.html

brat is developed as a collaborative effort between several research groups as
an open source and open development project, and we warmly welcome
contributions and participation from the community. Possible contributions are
not limited to code, but also include feature requests, bug reports and more.

Since its initial release, brat has been adopted for use in corpus
annotation and other tasks by various groups. We hope this new version
will be as well received as the initial release of the tool, and will
gladly answer questions and welcome any feedback.

Additional information:

The new normalisation features were presented in:

    Stenetorp et al. Normalisation with the brat rapid annotation tool
    In proceedings of SMBM'12
    http://www.zora.uzh.ch/64476/17/12_Normalisation_with_the_BRAT_rapid_annotation_tool.pdf

Links:

    brat homepage: http://brat.nlplab.org/
    brat code repository: http://github.com/nlplab/brat
    brat issue tracker: http://github.com/nlplab/brat/issues
    NaCTeM page on brat: http://www.nactem.ac.uk/brat-annotation/

Mailing list:

To join the brat-users mailing list, send an e-mail to:

    brat-users+subscribe at googlegroups.com

Or visit the brat-users Google Group homepage:

    https://groups.google.com/d/forum/brat-users

The primary brat developers are:

    Pontus Stenetorp (Aizawa laboratory, University of Tokyo)
        <pontus at stenetorp.se>
    Goran Topić (RCKMCS, National Institute of Informatics)
        <goran_topic at nii.ac.jp>
    Sampo Pyysalo (NaCTeM and University of Manchester)
        <sampo.pyysalo at gmail.com>
    Tomoko Ohta (NaCTeM and University of Manchester)
        <tomoko.ohta at manchester.ac.uk>


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