Treble-CLEFProject reference: 215231
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Treble-CLEF: Evaluation, Best Practices and Collaboration for Multilingual Information Access
Total cost:EUR 1 164 750
EU contribution:EUR 842 497
Call for proposal:FP7-ICT-2007-1See other projects for this call
Funding scheme:CSA - Coordination and support action
This Coordination Action supported the development and consolidation of expertise in the research area of multilingual information access and has disseminated this knowhow to application communities
The popularity of Internet and the consequent global availability of networked information sources and digital libraries have led to a strong demand for multilingual access and communication technologies. These technologies should support the timely and cost-effective provision of knowledge-intensive services for all members of linguistically and culturally diverse communities. This is particularly true in the multilingual setting of Europe. Despite recent research advances, there are still very few operational systems available, and these are limited to the most widely used languages. The Treble-CLEF project was launched to tackle the challenge how to best transfer the research results to a wider market place.
The core activity in the project has been to promote research, development, implementation and industrial take-up of multilingual and multimodal information access functionality. This has been achieved in the following ways:
- by continuing to support the annual system evaluation campaigns of the Cross Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF) with tracks and tasks designed to stimulate R&D that meets the requirements of the user and application communities;
- by constituting a scientific forum for the Multilingual Information Access (MILA) community of researchers, enabling them to meet and discuss results, emerging trends, and new directions;
- by acting as a virtual centre of competence providing a central reference point for anyone interested in studying or implementing MLIA functionality and encouraging the dissemination of information.
The support of the Cross Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF) has been a primary objective of the project and has involved the organisation of the CLEF 2008 and 2009 evaluation campaigns, in-depth analysis of their results, and the creation of a number of valuable reusable test collections for benchmarking purposes.
TrebleCLEF has released three Best Practices White Papers with the aim of providing practical information for systems designers and developers: (a) Best Practices for Language Resources for MLIA; (b) Best Practices for System-oriented and User-oriented MLIA; (c) Best Practices for Test Collection Creation, Evaluation Methodologies and Language Processing Technologies.
The popularity of Internet and the consequent global availability of networked information sources and digital libraries has led to a strong demand for multilingual access and communication technologies. Such technologies should support the timely and cost-effective provision of knowledge-intensive services for all members of linguistically and culturally diverse communities. This is particularly true in the multilingual setting of Europe. However, despite recent research advances, there are still very few operational systems in existence, and these are limited to the most widely used languages. The challenge that must now be faced is how to best transfer the research results to the wider market place. The objective of the Treble-CLEF proposal is to build on and extend the results already achieved by the existing Cross Language Evaluation Forum. The aim is not only to support the development and consolidation of expertise in the multidisciplinary research area of multilingual information access but also to disseminate this knowhow to the application communities. The specific target would be the European digital library context. Treble-CLEF would thus:<br/><br/>- support the annual CLEF system evaluation campaigns with tracks designed to meet the specific requirements of the user and application communities, and particular focus on user modeling, language-specific experimentation, and results presentation<br/><br/>- launch a concerted action of technology transfer and dissemination of knowhow, tools, resources and best practice guidelines through the organisation of workshops, tutorials and training sessions <br/><br/>- encourage community-building and collaboration around this topic by providing a forum for the discussion of results and making the scientific data, experiments and results produced during the course of an evaluation campaign publicly available.
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