By Carol Peters (auth.), Carol Peters, Thomas Deselaers, Nicola Ferro, Julio Gonzalo, Gareth J. F. Jones, Mikko Kurimo, Thomas Mandl, Anselmo Peñas, Vivien Petras (eds.)
The 9th crusade of the Cross-Language evaluate discussion board (CLEF) for eu languages was once held from January to September 2008. there have been seven major eval- tion tracks in CLEF 2008 plus pilot initiatives. the purpose, as ordinary, was once to check the p- formance of quite a lot of multilingual details entry (MLIA) structures or s- tem parts. This 12 months, a hundred teams, customarily yet not just from academia, parti- pated within the crusade. lots of the teams have been from Europe yet there has been additionally a great contingent from North the United States and Asia plus a number of individuals from South the US and Africa. complete information concerning the layout of the tracks, the methodologies used for review, and the consequences got by way of the contributors are available within the diversified sections of those lawsuits. the result of the CLEF 2008 crusade have been provided at a two-and-a-half day workshop held in Aarhus, Denmark, September 17–19, and attended via a hundred and fifty resear- ers and method builders. the once a year workshop, held together with the ecu convention on electronic Libraries, performs a big position by way of supplying the chance for all of the teams that experience participated within the evaluate crusade to celebration evaluating methods and changing rules. The time table of the workshop was once divided among plenary song overviews, and parallel, poster and breakout classes proposing this year’s experiments and discu- ing rules for the long run. there have been a number of invited talks.
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Participants were supplied with archival metadata including title and description, shot boundaries, mshot-level keyframes and automatic speech recognition (ASR) transcripts in both Dutch and English. The video content was chosen to reflect the cultural heritage domain and the subject labels used in the automatic classification task were selected to be representative of cultural heritage themes. The track was coordinated by the University of Amsterdam; data was provided by The Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision; University of Twente, provided the speech transcripts; Dublin City University, Ireland, provided the shot segmentations and the key frames.
Future cross-language system evaluation campaigns must activate new forms of experimental evaluation - laboratory and interactive – in order to foster the development of MLIA systems more adherent to the new user needs. We need a deeper understanding of the interaction between multicultural and information proactive users, multilingual content, language-dependent tasks, and the enabling technologies consisting of MLIA systems and their components. At the same time, benchmarking efforts must prove their usefulness for industrial take-up; evaluation initiatives risk being seen as irrelevant for system developers if the data they investigate are not of realistic scale and if the use cases and scenarios tested do not appear valid.
This pool is then used for subsequent relevance judgments. After calculating the eﬀectiveness measures, the results are analyzed and run statistics produced and distributed. The stability of pools constructed in this way and their reliability for postcampaign experiments is discussed in  with respect to the CLEF 2003 pools. New pools were formed in CLEF 2008 for the runs submitted for the TEL and the Persian mono- and bilingual tasks. Instead, the robust tasks used the original pools and relevance assessments from previous CLEF campaigns.
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