Apache Shelves Struts 1, Graduates cTAKES, Bloodhound

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-04-09 Print this article Print

Apache cTAKES was built using the Apache UIMA framework and the Apache OpenNLP natural-language-processing toolkit. Its components are specifically designed for the clinical domain out of diverse manually annotated data sets, and create rich linguistic and semantic annotations that can be used by clinical decision support systems and clinical research.

"As a well-developed NLP tool with a mature code base, cTAKES is the cornerstone of a variety of use cases in the domain of biomedicine such as phenotype discovery, translational science, pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics," said Pei Chen, vice president of Apache cTAKES, in a statement. "We are pleased to have proven our adoption of the 'Apache Way,' and welcome additional contributors to our growing community."

ASF also recently announced that the Apache Bloodhound project has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a top-level project. Apache Bloodhound is a software development collaboration tool, including issue tracking, wiki and repository browsing based on Trac, the open-source, Web-based project management and bug-tracking system.

"When Bloodhound entered the incubator, it was a completely new project, though being built on top of the Trac framework has given it a strong foundation," said Gary Martin, vice president of Apache Bloodhound, in a statement. "Community growth and self-governing to the standards of a top-level project within The Apache Foundation has given the team invaluable experience."

While Trac is already widely used in production by many organizations, Bloodhound resolves requests that have remained unaddressed, including the support for hosting multiple projects, full-text search and an intuitive user interface. In addition, Bloodhound's integrated-source-code browser works with Apache Subversion and Git, provides Wiki functionality and is compatible with hundreds of free plug-ins for Trac, allowing users to customize their experience even further.

ASF officials said Bloodhound is especially relevant to organizations that need to avoid storing data in proprietary systems, which puts their information at risk of vendor lock-in. Its user interface supports a variety of screen sizes—from mobile phones to desktop computers.

Software provider WANdisco submitted Bloodhound to the Apache Incubator in December 2011. ASF was seen as the natural choice for its commitment to "Community over Code" which was the approach the initial contributors wanted to take, ASF said.

"Becoming a TLP is fantastic recognition of the progress Bloodhound has made so far in adopting the 'Apache Way,' but we do not plan to rest on our laurels." Martin said. "We actively welcome potential contributors and continue to look at ways of reducing barriers to contribution."



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