TREC Tracks

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A TREC workshop consists of a set tracks, areas of focus in which particular retrieval tasks are defined. The tracks serve several purposes. First, tracks act as incubators for new research areas: the first running of a track often defines what the problem really is, and a track creates the necessary infrastructure (test collections, evaluation methodology, etc.) to support research on its task. The tracks also demonstrate the robustness of core retrieval technology in that the same techniques are frequently appropriate for a variety of tasks. Finally, the tracks make TREC attractive to a broader community by providing tasks that match the research interests of more groups.

Each track has a mailing list. The primary purpose of the mailing list is to discuss the details of the track's tasks in the current TREC. However, a track mailing list also serves as a place to discuss general methodological issues related to the track's retrieval tasks. TREC track mailing lists are open to all; you need not participate in TREC to join a list. Most lists do require that you become a member of the list before you can send a message to it.

The set of tracks that will be run in a given year of TREC is determined by the TREC program committee. The committee has established a procedure for proposing new tracks.


2017 TREC Tracks


    Common Core Track

    This is a new track for TREC 2017. The track will serve as a common task for a wide spectrum of IR researchers, thus attracting a diverse run set that can be used to investigate new methodologies for test collection construction.
    Track Web Page:
    trec-core.github.io/2017/
    Mailing list:
    Google group, name: trec-core


    Complex Answer Retrieval Track

    This is a new track for TREC 2017. Its focus is on developing systems that are capable of answering complex information needs by collating relevant information from an entire corpus.
    Track Web Page:
    trec-car.cs.unh.edu
    Mailing list:
    Google group, name: trec-car


    Dynamic Domain Track

    This track focuses on interactive search algorithms that adapt to the dynamic information needs of professional users as they explore in complex domains.
    Track Web Page:
    trec-dd.org
    Mailing list:
    Google group, name: trec-dd


    Live QA Track

    In this track systems generate answers to real questions originating from real users via a live question stream, in real time.
    Track Web Page:
    trec-liveqa.org
    Track Mailing List:
    Subscribe yourself to the mailing list by following the instructions at the trec-liveqa@nist.gov subscription page


    OpenSearch Track

    The OpenSearch track explores The "Living Labs" evaluation paradigm for IR that involves real users of operational search engines. The task in the track will continue/expand upon the ad hoc Academic Search task of TREC 2016.
    Track Web Page:
    trec-open-search.org
    Mailing list:
    Google group, name: trec-open-search

    Precision Medicine Track

    This track is a specialization of the Clinical Decision Support track of previous TRECs. It will focus on building systems that use data (e.g., a patient's past medical history and genomic information) to link oncology patients to clinical trials for new treatments as well as evidence-based literature to identify the most effective existing treatments. Track Web Page:
    http://www.trec-cds.org/
    Mailing list:
    Google group, name: trec-cds


    Real-Time Summarization Track

    The Real-Time Summarization (RTS) track explores techniques for constructing real-time update summaries from social media streams in response to users' information needs.
    Track Web Page:
    trecrts.github.io
    Mailing list:
    Google group, name: trec-rts


    Tasks Track

    The goal of the Tasks track is to test whether systems can induce the possible tasks users might be trying to accomplish given a query.
    Track Web Page:
    www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/tasks-track-2017/
    Mailing list:
    Google group, name: tasks-track




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Retrieval Group of the
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