Using automatic annotation tools for transcription files

icon: WebLICHT as a Service with EXMARaLDA

The EXMARaLDA Partitur-Editor (musical score editor) (version 1.6 and forward) enables access to the webservices provided by Weblicht and the CLARIN-D infrastructure. The linguistic tools can augment the transcription with automatic annotations, including morphological and syntactic information. No additional software installation nor any format conversion are needed. Weblicht as a Service work-flows can be defined and later be used with just one button click

Especially relevant for

everybody who works with the EXMARaLDA Partitur-Editor and wants to automatically annotate his files, for example researchers working with:

  • linguistics
  • anthropology
  • political science, specially work with Video and Audio files

Starting point:

A transcription file in EXMARaLDA Partitur-Editor, import formats include among others: EXMARaLDA, FOLKER, EAF, and Praat files


Aggregation of multiple layer automatic annotation without conversions or installation steps


Enable access from the EXMARaLDA Partitur-Editor to Weblicht as a Service

Related CLARIN-D tools and services

Short guide on using the WebLicht as a Service in the EXMARaLDA Partitur-Editor:

Preparation - setting a processing chain:

  1. go to WebLicht
  2. click on 'Start Weblicht'
  3. login with your institution account
  4. click on 'Start'
  5. press button 'Browse' to upload a TCF file (a transcriot can be exported as a TCF file from the Partitur-Editor)
  6. click on 'OK'
  7. choose tools to define a work-flow. This example uses the 'Morphology' and 'TreeTagger' services (for German)
  8. click on 'Run Tools' and wait for the work-flow to end
  9. click on 'Download chain' and save the processing chain file

Example files (for German):

Preparation - setting API Keys:

  1. go to the WebLICHT API-Key Website and click on 'generate'
  2. save the API key in a TXT file with Copy&Paste

WebLicht as a Service in the Partitur-Editor:

  1. open your transcript in the Partitur-Editor
  2. go to the menu 'CLARIN WebLicht' ...
  3. set the following setting:
    • transcription language
    • segmentation algorithm (according to the transcription conventions or 'GENERIC')
    • path to the processing chain file
    • API key
    • The desired output format: with the selection of the output folder select the format of the output file - TCF, TEI (ISO-Standard for spoken language transcription) and/or HTML (visualization format)
  4. click on 'OK'
  5. processing progress is shown in a new window
  6. output the annotated transcription as TCF, TEI, or HTML file

Example files (for German):

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