Welcome to WebLicht!
WebLicht is an execution environment for automatic annotation of text corpora. Linguistic tools such as tokenizers, part of speech taggers, and parsers are encapsulated as web services, which can be combined by the user into custom processing chains. The resulting annotations can then be visualized in an appropriate way, such as in a table or tree format.
Many of the tools incorporated into WebLicht have existed as command-line or desktop tools for many years and are well know within the linguistic community. Others have been developed specifically for use with WebLicht. By making these tools available on the web and by use of a common data format for storing the annotations, WebLicht provides a way to combine them into processing chains.
It is often the case that a tool relies on one or more annotation layers to exist in the input data before it can begin processing. WebLicht assists the user in building a processing chain by determining which tools are able to operate on the data at any given point and offering only those tools as options to add to the chain.
Development of WebLicht started in October 2008 as part of the D-SPIN project, the predecessor project of CLARIN-D. Further development and enhancement of WebLicht is an important goal of CLARIN-D, aiming to make WebLicht a fully-functional virtual research environment.
Logging In to WebLicht
Use your DFN-AAI account (provided by many universities and institutions) to log in to WebLicht.
If you don't know if you have a DFN-AAI account, click on the Start WebLicht button above and follow these directions:
You will be redirected to a page where you can choose your provider (ie your university or institution).
If you don't see the name of your provider in the list immediately, try entering a search term in the search box or clicking on the Locate me more accurately using HTML5 Geo-Location button.
If your provider is not listed, you can request an account from the CLARIN provider: Click Help me, I cannot find my provider and follow the instructions there.
Once you have chosen a provider you will be redirected to that provider's login page. After entering your login credentials you will then land on the WebLicht web application page.