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Re: [ontolog-forum] Attempto Parsing Engine (APE) is now open source

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From: paola.dimaio@xxxxxxxxx
Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 05:04:42 -0400
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Thanks JOhn, most interesting development
will follow up
p    (01)

On Tue, May 6, 2008 at 12:15 PM, John F. Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> In various discussions, I have been advocating the use of controlled
>  natural languages for knowledge acquisition and representation.
>  One such language is ACE (Attempto Controlled English), which has
>  been under development for over a decade.
>
>  Following is an announcement of the parser and tools (APE) as
>  open source software.  One topic that I discussed with Norbert is
>  the possibility of generating Common Logic as the output language,
>  and he is considering it.  But anyone who may be interested in
>  that option should contact him and possibly collaborate on that
>  effort.  In any case, the current output is in Prolog, which is
>  widely used for commercial AI systems.
>
>  Note that this software is being released under the GNU Lesser
>  General Public License.  That option allows the software to be
>  linked to proprietary commercial software without requiring the
>  latter to become open source.
>
>  John Sowa
>
>  -------- Original Message --------
>  Subject:        Attempto Parsing Engine (APE) is now open source
>  Date:   Tue, 6 May 2008 16:37:10 +0200
>  From:   Norbert E.Fuchs <fuchs@xxxxxxxxxx>
>  To:     Tobias Kuhn <t.kuhn@xxxxxx>, Kaarel Kaljurand <kalju@xxxxxxxxxx>
>  CC:     Norbert E. Fuchs <fuchs@xxxxxxxxxx>
>
>  Attempto Parsing Engine (APE) is now open source
>  ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>  Today we are releasing the source files of the Attempto Parsing Engine
>  (APE) plus some related tools under the GNU Lesser General Public
>  License. Download the zip-archive from:
>
>  http://attempto.ifi.uzh.ch/site/downloads/files/ape-6.0-080506.zip (228 KB)
>
>  (Note that all the downloads are also available from the
>  new Downloads-section on our website.)
>
>  These tools are completely written in Prolog, specifically SWI-Prolog
>  (http://www.swi-prolog.org). There are no other dependencies. In order
>  to use APE, you must install SWI-Prolog and its packages
>  (minimally: clib and sgml) first. Recent versions of SWI-Prolog (5.6.46
>  and higher) should be OK. SWI-Prolog is available in a pre-compiled form
>  for Windows, Mac OS X and many Linux distributions. Its source code is
>  also available. See http://www.swi-prolog.org/dl-stable.html. Please let
>  us know if you encounter problems using APE on your platform.
>
>  The distribution includes the following packages:
>
>   parser/ contains the Attempto Parsing Engine (APE) (tokenizer, grammar
>  files, anaphoric reference resolver)
>   lexicon/ contains various lexicon files, notably a content words
>  lexicon with ~2,000 entries
>   utils/ contains various modules, mostly for translating the Discourse
>  Representation Structure (DRS) generated by APE into other forms
>            (standard first-order logic syntax, OWL/SWRL, back to ACE, etc.)
>   logger/ contains the error logger module
>
>  There is an easy-to-use command-line tool `ape.exe' that provides an
>  interface to APE and the other modules. For example, executing:
>
>  ./ape.exe -text "Every man is a human." -solo drsxml
>
>  will output the DRS of the ACE sentence "Every man is a human." in XML.
>
>  To compile this command-line tool, just execute `make_exe.sh' (or
>  `make_exe.bat', if you are using Windows).
>
>  In a separate package we are also releasing a content words lexicon with
>  ~100,000 entries under the GNU General Public License. This lexicon can
>  replace the smaller content word lexicon that comes with the APE
>  package. Download the zip-archive from:
>
>  http://attempto.ifi.uzh.ch/site/downloads/files/clex-6.0-080506.zip (668 KB)
>
>  and just replace `lexicon/clex.pl' by `clex.pl' contained in this archive.
>
>  There is more to come. The next release will include more support for
>  the developers: more documentation of the various modules, our
>  regression test set with some 3000 ACE-DRS pairs, example code,
>  instructions on how to set up a web-interface for APE, how to call APE
>  from Java, etc.
>
>  In the future we plan to make even more ACE tools public as open source.
>  These tools include the ACE reasoner RACE, the AceRules system, the
>  AceWiki, the ACE View ontology editor, the OWL verbalizer.
>
>  Please contact us for support, feature requests, alternative licensing
>  options, etc. by sending an email to fuchs@xxxxxxxxxx
>  <mailto:fuchs@xxxxxxxxxx>.
>
>
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