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Treble-CLEF

Project reference: 215231
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Treble-CLEF: Evaluation, Best Practices and Collaboration for Multilingual Information Access

From 2008-01-01 to 2009-12-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 1 164 750

EU contribution:

EUR 842 497

Coordinated in:

Italy

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.

Project results

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.

Objective

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.

Related information

Documents and Publications

Open Access

Coordinator contact

Carol Ann Peters
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Carol Ann Peters
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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 103 790


via G. Moruzzi 1
56124 Pisa
Italy
Administrative contact: Claudio Montani
Tel.: 00390503152923
Fax: 00390503153464
E-mail

Participants

ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 76 773


TECHNIKUMSTRASSE
8401 WINTERTHUR
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Hans-Peter Hutter
Tel.: 0041522677587
Fax: 0041522687587
E-mail
FUNDACION GENERAL DE LA UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE EDUCACION A DISTANCIA - F-UNED
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 99 510


Calle Francisco de Rojas
28010 MADRID
Spain
Administrative contact: Pilar Muñoz Martínez
Tel.: 0034913863319
Fax: 0034913867279
E-mail
EVALUATIONS AND LANGUAGE RESOURCES DISTRIBUTION AGENCY SA
France

EU contribution: EUR 130 250


RUE BRILLAT SAVARIN 55
75013 PARIS
France
Administrative contact: Khalid Choukri
Tel.: 0033143133333
Fax: 0033143133330
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 107 000


Via VIII Febbraio
35122 PADOVA
Italy
Administrative contact: Maria Bernini
Tel.: 00390498277580
Fax: 00390498277771
E-mail
CENTRE FOR THE EVALUATION OF LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES SCRL
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 214 536


VIA SOMMARIVE 18
38050 POVO - TRENTO
Italy
Administrative contact: Veronica Giordani
Tel.: 00390461314870
Fax: 00390461314846
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 110 638


Western Bank, Firth Court
S10 2TN SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Joanne Watson
Tel.: 00441142224754
Fax: 00441142221455
E-mail
Record Number: 85239 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01