Soft: GATE version 4 released

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Jul 13 16:04:20 UTC 2007

Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 15:35:03 +0100
From: Hamish Cunningham <hamish at>
Message-ID: <46978D97.9030005 at>

GATE version 4 is now available for download from Sourceforge (follow
the download link from

Version 4 includes major new facilities for annotation indexing and
search, machine learning, scaleable ontology support from OWLIM
(, ontology-based document annotation,
and parallel corpus alignment. There is a raft of efficiency and
infrastructure improvements including revamped HTML handling, Java 5
support and numerous optimisations and bug fixes. The set of plugins
available has expanded to include around 150 components, which
integrate with many high-quality language processing tools from the
wider research community (

GATE is free and open (under the LGPL licence) and you are very
welcome to use it for both commercial and research purposes. A number
of businesses now use GATE in production applications, from large
corporates like Thompson or AT&T to startups like Garlik or
Innovantage.  Research, teaching and student users represent a high
proportion of labs working on language and knowledge worldwide.

Plans for the future include:

- a new version of the JAPE finite state annotation processing
- more and better integration with related systems and tools
- SAFE, the Semantic Annotation Factory Environment:

GATE is developed on Ubuntu (and other less advanced operating
systems).  Attached the changelog for version 4.

Best regards,

Hamish Cunningham & the GATE team

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