Taverna has now moved to the Apache Software Foundation. For updated information, see Apache Taverna (incubating).


PANACEA is a EU funded project whose objective is to build a factory of Language Resources that automates the stages involved in the acquisition, production, updating and maintenance of language resources required by MT systems, and by other applications based on Language Technologies, and within the time required. The architecture of the factory platform is based on deploying NLP tools as Web Services (WS), using the SOAP or REST standards (the aim is to be as interoperable as possible). PANACEA uses Soaplab as it provides a convenient way to generate WSs for command-line software (most NLP tools belong to this type). Once the WSs are deployed users may want to combine them to create complex chains. Taverna workflow editor and engine is the tool used in the platform to combine WSs. This tool allows the user to create complex workflows with different kinds of WSs (SOAP, REST, secure WSs, etc.) within a GUI.

The second version of the platform was presented during the second year project review which was held on February 29, at UPF premises in Barcelona, Spain. It was headed by Kimmo Rossi, as EC Project Officer, and by Serge Sharoff (University of Leeds, U.K.) and Gregory Grefenstette (Exalead, France), as project reviewers. The project development was positively evaluated and both the project Officer and the reviewers complimented the achievements presented while being constructively detailed in their remarks. In special the review report stated that “The partners gave an impressive demonstration of the second versión of the integrated platform”.