LINGUIST List 12.416

Thu Feb 15 2001

Calls: Syntax/Semantics Journal, Cross-Lang Evaluation

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  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, Cross-Language Evaluation Forum - CLEF-2001


Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 17:56:08 +0100
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Message 2: Cross-Language Evaluation Forum - CLEF-2001

Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 14:17:38 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Cross-Language Evaluation Forum - CLEF-2001



The CLEF series of system evaluation campaigns aims at promoting
research and development in Cross-Language Information Retrieval.

Registration is now open for CLEF 2001.

There will be three main evaluation tracks in CLEF 2001, testing
multilingual, bilingual and monolingual (non-English) information
retrieval systems. There will also be a special sub-task for
domain-specific mono- and cross-language evaluation and, possibly, an
experimental track testing interactive cross-language systems.

The CLEF test collection for 2001 consists of a multilingual corpus of
newspaper and newswire documents for English, French, German, Italian,
Spanish and Dutch from the same time period. Topic sets will also be
provided in a number of additional languages including Russian,
Japanese and Greek.

Data Release - 1 March 2001
Topic Release - 9 April 2001
Receipt of results from participants - 15 May 2001
Release of relevance assessments and individual results - 15 July 2001
Submission of paper for Working Notes - 7 August 2001
Workshop - 3-4 September 2001 (in conjunction with ECDL 2001)

For full details on the CLEF Agenda and Task Description for 2001 and
instructions on How to Participate, see

For further information, contact:

Carol Peters - IEI-CNR
Tel: +39 050 315 2987
Fax: +39 050 315 2810
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