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Category:   E-Conf
Subject:   Text Summarization/Document Understanding Conference
From:   Priscilla Rasmussen
Email:   >rasmusse_(on)_cs.rutgers.edu>
Date received:   10 Jan 2001

Preliminary Call for Participation Text Summarization and Document Understanding Conference Over the last five years, we have witnessed a tremendous increase in interest in summarization research from both the academia and the industry. In spite of this, we do not know yet what summarization techniques are most adequate, what systems perform the best, and what evaluation techniques are most appropriate for assessing the quality of a summary. To further progress in the field and enable researchers participate in large-scale experiments, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is beginning a new evaluation series in the area of text summarization, tentatively called the Document Understanding Conference (DUC). The basic design for the evaluation follows ideas in a recent summarization road map that was created by a committee of researchers in summarization, headed by Daniel Marcu. Plans call for the creation of reference data (documents and summaries) for training and testing. The training data will be distributed in March of 2001, test data distributed in June, and results due for evaluation the first of August 2001. A workshop will be held in September to discuss these results and to make further plans. For further details on the evaluation or on the road map, see http://www-nlpir.nist.gov/project s/duc/. To be added to a mailing list for further announcements, please contact donna.harman_(on)_nist.gov. To contribute to the summarization roadmap, please contact marcu_(on)_isi.edu.

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