The Mate Workbench - a tool for annotating XML corpora

Amy Isard, David McKelvie, Andreas Mengel, Morten Baun Møller

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This paper describes the design and implementation of the MATE workbench, a program which provides support for flexible display and editing of XML annotations, and complex querying of a set of linked files. The workbench was designed to support the annotation of XML coded linguistic corpora, but it could be used to annotate any kind of data, as it is not dependent on any particular annotation scheme. Rather than being a general purpose XMLaware editor it is a system for writing specialised editors tailored to a particular annotation task. A particular editor is defined using a transformation language, with suitable display formats and allowable editing operations. The workbench is written in Java, which means that it is platform-independent. This paper outlines the design of the workbench software and compares it with other annotation programs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer-Assisted Information Retrieval (Recherche d'Information et ses Applications) - RIAO 2000, 6th International Conference, College de France, France, April 12-14, 2000. Proceedings
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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