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Concordia University
Montréal, Canada

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Wiki-NLP Integration Research in Concordia NOW Newsletter

Our research on Natural Language Processing (NLP) for wiki systems has been featured in Concordia University's NOW newsletter. Explaining the technology and its applications to a general audience, it quickly become one of the most read and shared articles of the week.

Natural Language Processing for MediaWiki: First major release of the Semantic Assistants Wiki-NLP Integration

We are happy to announce the first major release of our Semantic Assistants Wiki-NLP integration. This is the first comprehensive open source solution for bringing Natural Language Processing (NLP) to wiki users, in particular for wikis based on the well-known MediaWiki engine and its Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) extension. It allows you to bring novel text mining assistants to wiki users, e.g., for automatically structuring wiki pages, answering questions in natural language, quality assurance, entity detection, summarization, among others, which are deployed in the General Architecture for Text Engineering (GATE) and brokered as web services through the Semantic Assistants server.

Semantic Assistants

1. Overview

Semantic Assistants support users in content retrieval, analysis, and development, by offering context-sensitive NLP services directly integrated with common desktop applications (word processors, email clients, Web browsers, ...), web information systems (wikis, portals) and mobile applications (based on Android). They are implemented through an open service-oriented architecture, using Semantic Web ontologies and W3C Web Services.

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1.1. Info Sheets

For the impatient, we have a few info sheets available:

Supporting Wiki Users with Natural Language Processing

Sateli, B., and R. Witte, "Supporting Wiki Users with Natural Language Processing", The 8th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (WikiSym 2012), Linz, Austria : ACM, 08/2012.

A General Architecture to Enhance Wiki Systems with Natural Language Processing Techniques

Sateli, B., "A General Architecture to Enhance Wiki Systems with Natural Language Processing Techniques", Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, M.Sc. Software Engineering, Montreal : Concordia University, 04/2012.

Semantic Assistants Wiki-NLP Showcase

As part of the Semantic Assistants project, we developed the idea of a "self-aware" wiki system that can develop and organize its own content using state-of-art techniques from the Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Semantic Computing domains. This is achieved with our open source Wiki-NLP integration, a Semantic Assistants add-on that allows to incorporate NLP services into the MediaWiki environment, thereby enabling wiki users to benefit from modern text mining techniques.

Here, we want to exhibit how a seamless integration of NLP techniques into wiki systems helps to increase their acceptability and usability as a powerful, yet easy-to-use collaborative platform. We hope this will help you to identify new human-computer interaction patterns for other scenarios, allowing you to make the best possible use of this new technology.

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