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Title:
LaMachine: A meta-distribution for NLP software
Author:
Maarten van Gompel: Centre for Language and Speech Technology (CLST), Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands Iris Hendrickx: Centre for Language and Speech Technology (CLST), Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Year:
2018
Conference:
Selected papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018, Pisa, 8-10 October 2018
Issue:
159
Article no.:
022
Pages:
214-226
No. of pages:
13
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2019-05-28
ISBN:
978-91-7685-034-3
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet


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We introduce LaMachine, a unified Natural Language Processing (NLP) open-source software distribution to facilitate the installation and deployment of a large amount of software projects that have been developed in the scope of the CLARIN-NL project and its current successor CLARIAH. Special attention is paid to encouragement of good software development practices and reuse of established infrastructure in the scientific and open-source software development community. We explain what LaMachine is, how it can be used and the technical details. We also compare LaMachine to alternative software distributions and discuss its advantages and limitations. We illustrate how LaMachine can be used in two case studies, one in an exploratory text mining project at the Dutch Health Inspectorate where LaMachine was applied to create a research environment for automatic text analysis for health care quality monitoring, and a second case where LaMachine was used to create a workspace for a one-week, intense collaboration by a diverse research team.

Keywords: Software distribution, Software metadata, Virtual research environment, Virtual laboratory, Infrastructure

Selected papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018, Pisa, 8-10 October 2018

Author:
Maarten van Gompel, Iris Hendrickx
Title:
LaMachine: A meta-distribution for NLP software
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Selected papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018, Pisa, 8-10 October 2018

Author:
Maarten van Gompel, Iris Hendrickx
Title:
LaMachine: A meta-distribution for NLP software
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