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

Project description

Digital libraries and technology-enhanced learning 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.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator Contact

Carol Ann Peters (Mrs)

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 103 790
Administrative Contact
Claudio Montani (Dr.)

Participants (6)

ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 76 773
Address
Gertrudstrasse 15
8401 Winterthur
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hans-Peter Hutter (Prof.)
FUNDACION GENERAL DE LA UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE EDUCACION A DISTANCIA - F-UNED
Spain
EU contribution
€ 99 510
Address
Calle Francisco De Rojas 2 - 2º Dcha
28010 Madrid
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pilar Muñoz Martínez (Ms.)
EVALUATIONS AND LANGUAGE RESOURCES DISTRIBUTION AGENCY
France
EU contribution
€ 130 250
Address
9 Rue Des Cordelieres
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Khalid Choukri (Dr.)
CENTRE FOR THE EVALUATION OF LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES SCRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 214 536
Address
Via Sommarive 18
38123 Povo - Trento
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Veronica Giordani (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 107 000
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Bernini (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 110 638
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Ms.)