Open standards consortium, OASIS, has initiated a new effort aimed at standardizing semantic search and content analytics. The work of the OASIS Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) Technical Committee will advance a common method for meaningfully accessing data contained in text such as emails, blog entries, news feeds and notes as well as in audio recordings, images and video. The OASIS work will be complemented by an Apache Software Foundation incubator project for developing UIMA-based open source software.

"UIMA will enable the productive use of content that exists as natural language text, speech, and video - information created by humans for humans to understand," explained David A. Ferrucci of IBM, convener of the OASIS UIMA Technical Committee. "By assigning semantics to this content, UIMA will allow information to be exploited by database management systems, information retrieval systems and other traditional application infrastructure."

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