IBM announced it has made new open source technology available that will enhance knowledge discovery capabilities across multiple industries and applications and provide developers with tools to support a new breed of software for the analysis of information. The company has completed the first step of making the unstructured information management architecture (UIMA) available to the open source community by publishing the UIMA source code to SourceForge.net, the world's largest open source development site.

UIMA is an open software framework already in use by industry and academia to collaborate on the creation, development and deployment of technologies for discovering the vital knowledge present in the fastest growing sources of information today - unstructured content in the enterprise and across the Web, including documents, images, comment and note fields, email and even rich media like video and audio. New technologies built using UIMA will help unlock the value in organizations' content assets. Later this year, IBM intends to move this project to a full open source community development model.

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