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Computer Science
Completed Project

The Language Application Grid: An Open, Interoperable Web Service Platform for Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Timothy Brown, Vassar College ’16 and Prof. Nancy Ide

The Language Application Grid (LAPPS) is an open, interoperable web service platform for natural language processing (NLP) research and development. It provides facilities to select from hundreds of NLP tools to create workflows, composite services, and applications, and to evaluate, reproduce, and share them with others.

This URSI project focused on the creation of Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) web services to augment access to existing NLP tools. These SOAP web services provide a structured means of accessing and transforming linguistic data into the various formats desired by other NLP researchers. These services compose a programmatic interface through which other parties can request and transform linguistic data.

Our work also included testing existing web services, and integrating them within our current workflow. Previously written services were checked for correctness, allowing bugs to be detected and fixed. Once tested, these services were put into our production environment.