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From Andrew McMurry <andrew.mcmu...@invitae.com>
Subject cTAKES Virtual Machine update
Date Sat, 21 Dec 2013 01:01:38 GMT
"Eating your own dog food" 

I've bundled a NLP appliance containing UMLS and cTAKES and I'm migrating services to the
AWS cloud. 
Throughout this process I have extensively documented the steps and I made a VM target for
Ubuntu 13.04. 

I would have used the iDASH appliance but it is no longer maintained and was way out of date.

From conversations and experiences witth iDASH and NCBO bioportal I strongly support a VM
option for cTAKES downloads.  

#[ 1 ] Public demo server (instance of VM)
For new users, this is the "hook" that motivates them to get involved BEFORE licensing and

#[ 2 ] Downloading the public demo server is power ! 

#[ 3 ] Example code for each cTAKES component is game changing 

cTAKES has an impressive set of components, but no way to try them out. 

Whereas you can play with the components of Bioportal, for example 

I'm sharing these experiences and suggestions because I truly do believe they are crucial
and likely more important than any level of new-features that can be added. 

Hoping this message finds you well. 
I will soon circulate a copy of a VM to play around with and get feedback. 



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