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Category:   E-Announce
Subject:   ICLEF call for participation
From:   Julio Gonzalo
Email:   julio_(on)_lsi.uned.es
Date received:   28 Mar 2003

----------------------------------------------------------------- Interactive CLEF 2003 - Call for Participation ----------------------------------------------------------------- Registration is open to participate in the CLEF 2003 interactive evaluation task. Check the participation instructions here: http://terra l.lsi.uned.es/iCLEF/2003/guidelines.html iCLEF (interactive Cross-Language Evaluation Forum) is a shared evaluation task devoted to the study of user-oriented aspects of Cross-Language and Multilingual Information Retrieval. We have already carried out two successful editions of iCLEF: in iCLEF 2001, we focused on cross-language document selection issues, and in iCLEF 2002 we focused on query formulation, translation and refinement issues. This research draws upon the general CLEF (Cross-Language Evaluation Forum) evaluation effort, profiting from the CLEF test suite (a comparable collection of newspaper and newswire documents in eight european languages) and the CLEF infrastructure for topic creation and distributed native language assessment in all languages covered by the collection. So far, eight different experiments have been undertaken by research groups in five countries, involving over 60 users, 6 european languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Finnish and Swedish) and hundreds of controlled searching sessions. These experiments have provided valuable insights into research issues such as fast alternatives to Machine Translation for document selection, the role of user-assisted query translation or the role of phrase identification for automatic translation and user feedback. Papers describing the outcome of previous iCLEF experiments can be found in the CLEF 2002 and CLEF 2001 working notes at http://www.clef-campaign.org For further information, e-mail the task coordinators: Douglas Oard (University of Maryland), oard_(on)_glue.umd.edu Julio Gonzalo (UNED), julio_(on)_lsi.uned.es

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