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Labeling text using Doccano

Doccano is an open source text annotation tool. It can be used to create labeled datasets for:

  • Text classification
  • Entity extraction
  • Sequence to sequence translation

Doccano can be used to create labeled data for training the EntityRecongnizer model in arcgis.learn.

This software is created by: Hiroki Nakayama and Takahiro Kubo and Junya Kamura and Yasufumi Taniguchi and Xu Liang

Deploying doccano for data labeling

For Windows

Method 1 (Using docker desktop requires Microsoft Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise 64-bit):

  1. Install docker for desktop.
  2. Launch Command Prompt(cmd.exe) as Administrator and run the below commands:
    • docker pull doccano/doccano
    • docker container create --name doccano -e "ADMIN_USERNAME=admin" -e "ADMIN_EMAIL=admin@example.com" -e "ADMIN_PASSWORD=password" -p 8000:8000 doccano/doccano
    • docker start doccano
  3. You can now access Doccano at http://localhost:8000

Method 2:

  1. Download or clone the arcgis-python-api githup repo.
  2. Navigate to misc/tools/doccano_deployment folder.
  3. Run install.bat as administrator. Please be patient, the setup will take ~40 minutes to complete.
  4. On the command prompt, you will be asked to create your username and password for accessing Doccano.
  5. Once the install script completes, you should have Doccano running on your local system.
  6. Open your browser and go to http://localhost:8000/

For Linux

  1. Install Docker Engine (Community) for your linux distribution.
  2. Launch a terminal and run the below commands:
    • sudo docker pull doccano/doccano
    • sudo docker container create --name doccano -e "ADMIN_USERNAME=admin" -e "ADMIN_EMAIL=admin@example.com" -e "ADMIN_PASSWORD=password" -p 80:8000 doccano/doccano
    • docker start doccano
    • You can modify the ADMIN_USERNAME, ADMIN_EMAIL and ADMIN_PASSWORD values.
  3. You can now access Doccano at http://localhost:8000

How to label training data for named entity recognition with doccano.

  1. Go to Doccano hompage and login with your credentials.
  2. Create new project with project type 'Sequence labeling':

  1. To import data for annotation, click on Import Data.
  1. Select 'JSONL' and then click on 'Select a file' and point it to the reports file (docanno_deployment\reports_label.json). Alternatively, text documents can also be uploaded using the ‘plain’ option. You can either upload one text document at a time or upload a single text file with one document per line.
  2. After the file has been imported, you will see the documents loaded on the screen.
  3. Click on 'Annotate Data' from the top menu bar.

  4. All the documents are pre-labeled, just 3 (document number 2,3 & 4) are intentionally left unlabeled for you to try labeling. Analyze the first labeled document and then move on to second document (use the bottom navigation bar for sifting through the docs). Mark sequences with your mouse and select the relevant title.

  5. New labels can also be created by navigating to ‘Edit data’ > ‘Labels’.

  6. Once all the documents have been labeled, go to 'Edit Data' > 'Export Data'.
  7. Select JSON(Text-Labels).
  8. Click Download.

The downloaded file can be used to train an EntityRecognizer model from arcgis.learn. You can find a sample notebook here


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