Posts from October 2013

The past few weeks have been busy: we’re fresh from our Text Mining Summit, which included a dedicated training session for users who wished to develop against the I2E Web Services API.

I also had the opportunity to go on site to a customer to provide some focused API training.

These sessions generated lots of interesting questions about automating processes from an administration perspective as well as a user perspective.

As I was presenting some high-level slides during the Text Mining Summit, I noted that I was mixing up put and post (and sometimes place and push!) in a way that is forgivable when using them as English verbs, but unhelpful when trying to explain a RESTful Web Service.

So after the Summit, I went back to our Developers Guide and back to my notes and started over, to create a helpful explanation of when you POST and when you PUT to the I2E Server.

Both PUT and POST are methods to transfer data to the server and there are some use cases when they can be used interchangeably.

One example of that is creating a new file called newfile.txt in the Source Data collection on the I2E server:

PUT url=http://i2eserver:8334/api;type=data/newfile.txt data=filecontent

POST url=http://i2eserver:8334/api;type=data/?base=newfile.txt data=filecontent
 

The end result will be the same in either case, but as you can see from the URL, the resource name is set differently:


The Linguamatics Text Mining Summit has become Linguamatics flagship US event over the past few years attracting a wide variety of attendees from Pharma, Biotech and Healthcare industries.

This year was no exception; the Summit drew a record crowd of over 85 attendees and a fantastic line up of speakers including: AMIA, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Huntsman Cancer Institute, AstraZeneca, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Merck, Georgetown University Medical Center, UNC Charlotte, City of Hope, Pfizer and Roche.

The Summit took place at the Hyatt Regency, Newport, Rhode Island in the beautiful surroundings of the Narragansett bay from October 7-9, 2013.

Delegates were provided with an excellent opportunity to explore trends in text mining and analytics, natural language processing and knowledge discovery.

Delegates discovered how I2E is delivering valuable intelligence from text in a range of applications, including the mining of scientific literature, news feeds, Electronic Health Records (EHRs), clinical trial data, FDA drug labels and more. Customer presentations demonstrated how I2E helps workers in knowledge driven organizations meet the challenge of information overload, maximize the value of their information assets and increase speed to insight.

One customer presentation explained how a “Recent I2E literature search saved $180K and 2-3 months [of] time”.


There’s only a few days to go until the Linguamatics Text Mining Summit, which begins on 7th October in Newport RI.

This is an opportunity for I2E users and other developers to get hands-on access to the new version of I2E — version 4.1 — as well as attend a variety of interesting presentations and a number of training sessions.

This year, there is a training session dedicated to I2E Administration and use of the Web Services API. You can meet up with individuals from other organizations who will share their experiences with our API, along with training material that covers the various parts of the API in sufficient details to start using it yourself.

There will also be a case study on using the API to create workflows that integrate text mining. And, of course, lots of demos!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Paul