There is an update to the QANUS distributable (v29Nov2012). The previous version (v23Apr2011) made use of a web service for named entity recognition (NER). However the NER service wasn’t always reliable, and this prevented many people who had downloaded QANUS from using it out-of-the-box.
To remedy the problem, the new distributable is shipped and configured with a local NER engine (Stanford NER). Users who download the package should now be able to follow the instructions on the README file and run QANUS out-of-the-box.
We have switched over successfully to a new web server. The new server should be able to deliver this site more quickly.
Meanwhile, we are hoping to be able to release another version of QANUS soon which does not require any external libraries or web services. The current release makes use of a named-entity recognition web service hosted on the servers of my research group. However load issues have affected the reliability of the web service. The planned release will hopefully make it easier for everyone to run QANUS straight “out-of-the-box”.