TEXT RETRIEVAL CONFERENCE (TREC) 2012 February 2012 – November 2012.
As soon as possible — submit your application to participate in TREC 2012 as described below.
Submitting an application will add you to the active participants’ mailing list. On Feb 23, NIST will announce a new password for the “active participants” portion of the TREC web site.
Beginning March 1
Document disks used in some existing TREC collections distributed to participants who have returned the required forms. Please note that no disks will be shipped before March 1.
Results submission deadline for most tracks Specific deadlines for each track will be included in the track guidelines, which will be finalized in the spring.
September 30 (estimated)
relevance judgments and individual evaluation scores due back to participants.
TREC 2012 conference at NIST in Gaithersburg, Md. USA
Organizations wishing to participate in TREC 2012 should respond to this call for participation by submitting an application. Participants in previous TRECs who wish to participate in TREC 2012 must submit a new application. To apply, follow the instructions at
to submit an online application. The application system will send an acknowledgement to the email address supplied in the form once it has processed the form.
The Text Retrieval Conference (TREC) workshop series encourages research in information retrieval and related applications by providing a large test collection, uniform scoring procedures, and a forum for organizations interested in comparing their results. Now in its 21st year, the conference has become the major experimental effort in the field. Participants in the previous TREC conferences have examined a wide variety of retrieval techniques and retrieval environments, including cross-language retrieval, retrieval of web documents, multimedia retrieval, and question answering. Details about TREC can be found at the TREC web site, http://trec.nist.gov.
You are invited to participate in TREC 2012. TREC 2012 will consist of a set of tasks known as “tracks”. Each track focuses on a particular subproblem or variant of the retrieval task as described below. Organizations may choose to participate in any or all of the tracks. Training and test materials are available from NIST for some tracks; other tracks will use special collections that are available from other organizations for a fee.
Dissemination of TREC work and results other than in the (publicly available) conference proceedings is welcomed, but the conditions of participation specifically preclude any advertising claims based on TREC results. All retrieval results submitted to NIST are published in the Proceedings and are archived on the TREC web site. The workshop in November is open only to participating groups that submit retrieval results for at least one track and to selected government invitees.
Look at the data sets and tracks. This is not a venture for the faint of heart.