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When choosing to develop an application that uses I2E, it is important to understand the capabilities of our text mining software as well details of the API itself.


 

As the graphic shows, tasks that are performed on the I2E Server are independent of each other and so allow diverse applications to be created: one app to run large-scale queries and present the information in a visual form in one example; another app to process documents automatically and publish the resulting indexing to the I2E Query GUI is another.

Today’s post is more about the latter: what are the basic details of the API itself; what languages are supported and what do we provide to get you started.

The WSAPI is RESTful. It communicates over HTTP(S), which is good for a number of reasons, including the ability for users to easily browse resources on the I2E server, and because there are freely-available modules or libraries for creating clients in different languages, including JavaScript running in a web browser (or even the web browser itself).

So the question of “what languages are supported?” generally becomes “what languages can use an HTTP/REST interface?”.

Here is a short list of some libraries/modules that we or our customers have used in our applications to communicate with the I2E server using the WSAPI:


The release of I2E 4.0 at the end of 2012 included a Web Services API (WSAPI) for our software for the first time.

The availability of this interface, along with sample code and a sample GUI, meant that it was possible for developers to include integration with I2E into their code.

We’ve used standard technologies when building our API but there are many software-specific features that need to be understood before you can choose what capabilities of I2E to include in your applications. For this, we are providing additional training materials such as training sessions at our Text Mining Summit, webinars, traditional phone and email support and, well, this blog.

This blog category — I2E WSAPI — will contain posts aimed at two different (but hopefully overlapping) audiences:

Existing I2E users (query builders or administrators) who have ideas about how to extend I2E’s functionality.
Post for this audience will introduce technical concepts like RESTful APIs, programming languages and interface creation.
Developers who wish to integrate world-class text mining into their product. Posts for this audience will introduce text mining/I2E concepts like search strategies, ontologies and results analysis.

In each case, the posts will cross-over so that there’s something to be learned by everyone. In addition, there will be posts where no knowledge can be assumed from either side, with topics including session management within I2E, Administration tasks and smart query handling.

We will try to keep posts short but frequent, giving you a chance to follow along on a weekly basis. If you have questions or comments, please contact us.


Leading industry analysts Ovum highlight up-and-coming text mining software vendor

(Cambridge, England and Boston, USA – May 7th, 2013) - Text mining software vendor Linguamatics is proud to announce it is the subject of a special “On the Radar” report by award-winning industry analysts, Ovum.  The report recognizes Linguamatics as a leader in text mining and predicts strong growth prospects for the company in the coming year.

Ovum believes the life sciences industry is facing significant challenges, including patent expirations, increased regulatory requirements, poor pipeline productivity, higher efficacy thresholds for reimbursement, and increased complexity across the drug lifecycle.  These challenges are driving life sciences companies to improve productivity while reducing costs. Ovum believes Linguamatics’ natural language processing-based knowledge discovery platform enables organizations to better leverage textual data, so as to achieve these goals.

Linguamatics I2E is noteworthy for its suitability for complex, high-value analysis of structured and unstructured text based data sets.  Report author Andrew Brosnan states: “As life science organizations are faced with an ever-increasing volume of scientific, medical and social media textual data that is both structured and unstructured, there is a pressing need for software that can help to manage and mine large text-based datasets. Linguamatics’ I2E platform will be a valuable tool for fulfilling this objective.”


Conference features case studies and demonstrations highlighting the significant business value Linguamatics I2E software provides in mining unstructured data in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare fields

(Cambridge, England and Boston, USA – April 26th, 2013) Linguamatics, successful pioneers in natural language processing based text mining, are proud to report their most successful Spring Users Conference ever. The annual spring conference attracted the largest numbers and variety of attendees, organizations and business partners in the history of the event. 

Experienced, new and potential users of Linguamatics I2E software 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), social media, patents and clinical trial data. 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.

Attracting participants from top pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other life science and healthcare organizations from Europe and North America, the conference program featured speakers from AstraZeneca, Roche, Bayer Pharma, GSK and Huntsman Cancer Institute.


Leading industry analysts, Outsell, Inc., identify Linguamatics as “on trend” with market dynamics

(Cambridge, England and Boston, USA – January 30th, 2013) Linguamatics is proud to announce it has been included in Outsell’s most recent Information Industry Outlook. Outsell ended 2012 with its 2013 Outlook Report and shared trends, predictions and essential actions for information industry leaders. As part of the Outlook, Outsell also named its annual “30 to Watch” – companies that shake up their marketplaces by innovating and challenging the industry status quo. The report contains predictions about transformative and disruptive changes dominating the information industry.

In the Outsell report, Linguamatics finds itself amongst other industry trend setters and market leaders.  Linguamatics is noted for its sophisticated text mining and natural language processing tools.  The Linguamatics technology is acknowledged for enabling “very specific searches across a broad field of unstructured text”.

Linguamatics Executive Chairman John Brimacombe comments, “We are delighted to be included in the Outsell report and to be recognised as being on the cutting edge of innovation. Since Linguamatics was founded in 2001, we have continued to challenge the status quo, test established boundaries and offer pioneering approaches.  Our market leading I2E software offers organizations unparalled power to navigate and analyze vast volumes of unstructured information. From these previously under-utilized data assets, they are able to discover knowledge and gain breakthrough insights that save millions of dollars, transform organizational effectiveness and improve lives.”