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This is a GATE stand-alone plugin for the NER system. You can use it perform Named Entity Recognition over English, German and Dutch written texts. All resources you need for entity spotting, disambiguation and classification are provided with the plugin. If you want, you can use the light version of the plugin which is communicating with our REST API endpoint. Using this plugin you can perform:

  • Entity Spotting - each detected named entity in the text will be marked with NamedEntity annotation.

  • Entity Disambiguation - each spotted entity is further disambiguated with a an URI from the DBpedia namespace. E.g. for the entity Prague.

  • Entity Classification - for each disambiguated entity we provide set of types represented as DBpedia instances or DBpedia Ontology types. When using the plugin you can set the typesFilter parameter to filter out only types as DBpedia instances, DBpedia Ontology types, or both. The possible parameter values are:

    • dbo - filter only DBpedia Ontology types
    • dbinstance - filter only types defined as DBpedia instances
    • all - the entity types can be either DBpedia Ontology clases or DBpedia instances

How to start using it?


  1. Add our plugin repository. Open CREOLE Plugin Manager -> Configuration, check if the User Plugin Directory is set, otherwise configure it. Finally, add the following repository to the list of plugin repositories:
  2. Install the plugin. In the CREOLE Plugin Manager go to Available to Install tab, check Entityclassifier_NER_Stand_Alone and click Apply all, then go to the Available plugins tab and select load now and load always.

  3. Run the build script. The script can be found in the ../GATE_Developer_8.0/plugins/Entityclassifier_NER_Stand_Alone/script folder. It will download all required datasets, compile and prepare all required configuration files. This can take a few minutes.

  4. Create a corpus pipeline.

    • Document Reset PR
    • ANNIE English Tokeniser PR
    • ANNIE Sentence Splitter PR
    • ANNIE POS Tagger PR (for English) - for German and Dutch you should use the GenericTagger POS plugin. For this you need also to install the binaries. Instructions on how to install the German and Dutch binaries can be found here.
    • JAPE Transducer PR - with a JAPE grammar which will perform named entity spotting. For English use the en_entity_extraction-v1.jape. We also provide grammars for entity spotting for German and Dutch. The grammars are located in ../GATE_Developer_8.0/plugins/Entityclassifier_NER_Stand_Alone/data/entity-extraction-grammars folder
    • Stand-Alone PR - create an instance of classifier processing resource and add it at the end of the pipeline. When instantiating you can specify the language of the text on which you will run named entity recognition.
  5. Create a document corpus and run the pipeline.

  6. Check the results! - the spotted entities are annotated as NamedEntity annotations. Each entity has a disambiguation URI which is encoded as annotation feature itsrdf:taIdentRef=.... Each assigned type is also present as annotation feature in the form of rdf:typeX=...


Enjoy discovering entities!

If you need any help/support with the plugin free to contact us. Bugs please report as issues to this repository.

How well it performs?

We have done extensive evaluation of the tool. See the results below.

Entity spotting evaluation results

Entity spotting and linking evaluation results

Comparison: Stand-Alone vs. Light REST API plugin

Plugin comparison


Licensed under the GNU General Public License Version 3 (GNU GPLv3).

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A GATE stand–alone plugin for the NER.






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