OASIS to promote standardized semantic search and content analytics

Published 28 November 2006

Semantic searches and contents analytics have become more popular — and necessary — as communcation through the Internet, e-mail, cellular phones, but also by audio and video means, has grown exponentially; OASIS steps in to establish standards in such searches

We have written on several companies — and government intelligence programs — involved in plain-text searches and contents analysis. This growing sector is but a response to an obvious fact: What with the Internet, e-mail, and cellular phones, the volume of communication among people has grown exponentially. In this mountain of communcation there may be hints and clues for nefarious schemes, but finding these relevant nuggets in an ocean of mundane information is a problem. Contents analytics and plain-text searches aim to help in such an endeavor.

Now OASIS, the Open standards consortium, has initiated a new effort aiming at standardizing semantic search and content analytics. The work of the OASIS Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) Technical Committee will promote a common method for meaningfully and efficiently 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.

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

The OASIS UIMA Technical Committee will operate under the Royalty Free on Limited Terms mode, as defined by the OASIS Intellectual Property Rights Policy. If you are interested: 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 comment.

-read more in this OASIS news release