SLATE: A Super-Lightweight Annotation Tool for Experts

Jonathan K. Kummerfeld


Abstract
Many annotation tools have been developed, covering a wide variety of tasks and providing features like user management, pre-processing, and automatic labeling. However, all of these tools use Graphical User Interfaces, and often require substantial effort to install and configure. This paper presents a new annotation tool that is designed to fill the niche of a lightweight interface for users with a terminal-based workflow. SLATE supports annotation at different scales (spans of characters, tokens, and lines, or a document) and of different types (free text, labels, and links), with easily customisable keybindings, and unicode support. In a user study comparing with other tools it was consistently the easiest to install and use. SLATE fills a need not met by existing systems, and has already been used to annotate two corpora, one of which involved over 250 hours of annotation effort.
Anthology ID:
P19-3002
Volume:
Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: System Demonstrations
Month:
July
Year:
2019
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Florence, Italy
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ACL
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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7–12
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P19-3002
DOI:
10.18653/v1/P19-3002
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