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4th GATE Training Course: Text Mining with GATE, Linked Data, and GATE on the Cloud

The 4th GATE training course will be held from 16-20 May 2011 at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Places are now full in all tracks and for all categories. Please only email your details if you want to be put on a waiting list and notified by May 5th

This event will follow the format of earlier GATE courses, but with the addition of a new mini-track on the Friday, covering Linked Data, semantic repositories, and OWL ontologies. The mini-track will be delivered by Ontotext, who are world-leading providers of semantic technology products and services.

There are three main tracks delivered by the GATE development team, running in parallel from Monday to Thursday (a preliminary programme is available here):

On Friday, there is an optional add-on course: Linked Data and advanced semantic annotation. Participants in this course would benefit from prior knowledge of RDF, OWL, and basic SPARQL. It is open to participants from any of the main GATE tracks.

For more information about what is covered in each track and what the prerequisites are for taking them, see GATE training course modules.

Every afternoon, there will be a plenary talk open to all participants, covering the following topics:

The FIG participants WIKI is now online, with details about accommodation, venue, and lecture materials for download.


We now offer a certification programme. May's event offers the opportunity to be examined in modules of your choice, at a discounted rate (see below). The examination is held at the end of the week and allows time for candidates to attempt four modules.

To get an idea of the way in the exam is set up, you can try our mock exam. Go to http://training.gate.ac.uk/ and login with username: fig4guest and password: FIG4guest


Please fill in this online registration form and email it back to gate-fig@lists.dcs.shef.ac.uk.

The registration fee includes registration for your chosen Main Track 1, 2, or 3 (Mon-Thu), lunches, tea/coffee, materials and social dinner. 4 modules per track (1 each day).

Please note that the course is now full for students; there are still a few places left for academics and industrials, in all tracks. Students still wishing to register can be placed on a waiting list in case any places become available.

The course is now also full for Track 1; last places still available in Tracks 2 and 3.

Linked Data and Semantics Add-on fee applies only to participants who register for this additional course on Friday morning.

Certification fee is payable only by those registered to take the certification exam on Friday afternoon.

Venue and accommodation

The course will be held in Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield. Detailed information is available here.

Further Information

Participants will be required to bring their own laptops with GATE installed. If this is a problem for you, please let us know well in advance.


Please contact us at gate-fig@lists.dcs.shef.ac.uk for any enquiries relating to the training course.

Industrial Sponsorship

The 4th GATE course is sponsored by:

We will welcome industrial or research sponsorship of the event - please email gate-fig@lists.dcs.shef.ac.uk for details.