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GATE Training Course and Developer Sprint May 2010 Participants' Wiki

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Welcome to the wiki for May 2010 participants! Watch this space for information and updates!

Note that the Blackwells bookstall will pack up and leave at the end of lunch Friday.


David Crystal Talk: Those of you who are still around on the evening of Friday 14th may be interested to know that David Crystal is giving a talk at the university. See here for more information.

Course materials and supporting information for the talks

Venue: The course will take place in Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield. The venue is close to Sheffield Botanical Gardens and Broomhill and not far from Encliffe Park and the shops and restaurants on Ecclesall Road.

Arriving by car at Halifax Hall, take Red Lane (off Oakholme Road). An attendant will direct you to a parking space. Parking permits are available at the registration desk.

Accommodation: Those who have booked accommodation at Ranmoor Village will find themselves conveniently located just across the other side of Fulwood Road. On this map you can see Ranmoor Village at the far left. You can also see Halifax Hall right at the very bottom (you will need sharp eyes!). Check-in time is 2pm, and check-out time is 10am. Reception is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. There is also a number to call in case of issues: 0114 2224075; for example at late hours, the porters may be away from the desk. If you need to call the porters, quote the number "12005", which is the reference number of our event. You will be staying in Ravenstones, and breakfast will be served in the Ridge. (Those few people who are eating breakfast on a Sunday will have to go to the Edge dining room.) Wireless network is available at the Ridge; for internet access in your rooms, you will need to borrow an ethernet cable from the porter. More information is provided in this document.

Transport: To walk to Ranmoor from the town centre/station would probably take around 40 minutes. Bus numbers 40 and 80 serve Ranmoor from the train station, and taxis are also available to be had at the station. The 40 bus runs every 6 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on Sundays. The 80 takes a more circuitous route. You may find useful information about transport here. Arriving by car to Ranmoor Village, parking is available on the Shore Lane entrance to Ranmoor Village. Additional parking is available in Shore Court, which is located opposite to the entrance to Ranmoor Village on Shore Lane. Further car parking is also available at the rear of Ranmoor annexe, which is located towards the bottom end of Shore Lane, on the left hand side as you approach Fulwood Road.

Dinner options for Ranmoor folk: Your best bet for a nice dinner if you are staying at Ranmoor would probably be Broomhill or if you fancy venturing a bit further, Ecclesall Road. You will find Broomhill from Ranmoor by walking directly in towards town on Fulwood Road.

What do you need to bring: You will need to bring your own laptop with GATE version 5.2.1 installed. If you are unable to bring your own laptop, please let us know as soon as possible as we may be able to lend a limited number.

Blackwells bookstall: Blackwells booksellers will be present at the course, selling books on related topics. Among them will be the GATE User Guide, as well as Manu Konchady's Building Search Applications: Lucene, LingPipe, and Gate, and Graham Wilcock's Introduction to Linguistic Annotation and Text Analytics. The GATE User Guide is freely available on the website; a hard copy costs £20.

Social: This will take place on Thursday evening at Halifax Hall (the course venue). We will be having canapes followed by a barbecue. This will begin at 19.30.