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TAC 2011 Tracks
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Information for TAC 2011 Track Participants

TAC 2011 has three tracks:

  • Knowledge Base Population (KBP)
    Track Coordinators: Heng Ji (hengji@cs.qc.cuny.edu) and Ralph Grishman (grishman@cs.nyu.edu)
    Web page: http://nlp.cs.qc.cuny.edu/kbp/2011/   (archived here)
    Mailing list: tac-kbp@nist.gov
  • Recognizing Textual Entailment (RTE)
    Track Coordinators: Danilo Giampiccolo (giampiccolo@celct.it) and Luisa Bentivogli (bentivo@fbk.eu)
    Web page: http://tac.nist.gov/2011/RTE/
    Mailing list: rte@nist.gov
  • Summarization
    Track Coordinators: Karolina Owczarzak (karolina.owczarzak@nist.gov) and Hoa Trang Dang (hoa.dang@nist.gov)
    Web page: http://tac.nist.gov/2011/Summarization/
    Mailing list: duc_list@nist.gov

The exact definitions of the tasks to be performed in each track are formulated and discussed on the track mailing list. Registering to participate in a TAC track does not automatically add you to the track's mailing list; if you are not already on the mailing list, you must subscribe yourself by following the instructions for that mailing given in the track web page. If you were previously subscribed to the mailing list, you do not have to re-subscribe; track mailing lists are for anyone interested in the track, rather than specifically for TAC participants, and thus carry over from year to year. For questions about the track, send mail to the track coordinator.

Each track has its own set of deadlines for submitting results, which will be given in the final track guidelines on the track's Web page.

Track participants must abide by the Policies and Guidelines for Track Participants. All results submitted to TAC are archived on the TAC web site and all evaluations are published in the conference proceedings. Dissemination of TAC work and results other than in the conference proceedings is welcomed, but the conditions of participation specifically preclude any advertising claims based on TAC results.

Data and User Agreements

Most data that are required for the TAC 2011 tracks are distributed at no cost to track participants. However, some tracks may use special collections that are available from other organizations for a fee; the individual track guidelines will specify instructions for obtaining such data. Whenever possible, data are distributed by NIST or the Linguistic Data Consortium via Web download; data are mailed as physical disks only if they cannot be made available for download. Each track home page will specify instructions for obtaining data for that track, including the user agreement forms required for accessing the data. Access to TAC 2011 data is restricted to registered TAC 2011 participants who have submitted all the required User Agreement forms.

Most data that is distributed by NIST is kept in password-protected areas of the TAC 2011 web site. Password-protected areas include the current year's test data and evaluation results. Each password-protected area of the web site will indicate which signed User Agreements are required for access. Each participating team will provide a Team ID and will receive a Team Password upon registration. Once the required User Agreement forms have been received for that team, NIST will activate the Team ID and Password to give access to the corresponding password-protected web pages on the TAC 2011 web site. Teams that have participated in past TAC cycles must register and obtain a new password for 2011. Teams must also submit new (current) User Agreement forms for 2011.

TAC 2011 track participants should follow the instructions given in the User Agreements page for submitting the "Agreement Concerning Dissemination of TAC Results" and any additional User Agreements that must be submitted to NIST for the particular tracks of interest. When submitting forms, in addition to the information requested in the User Agreements page, please include the email address of the main TAC 2011 contact person for the team, and a comment saying that the form is from a TAC 2011 registered participant. NIST needs a signed physical copy of the agreements before the team can be given any data.

Past Data

Much of the past data from TREC, DUC and TAC are available from NIST and may be useful for system development for some of the TAC tracks.


    TAC 2011 Schedule
    June 10Deadline for registration for track participation
    July - early SeptemberDeadlines for results submission (varies by track)
    September 25Deadline for workshop presentation proposals
    By late SeptemberRelease of individual evaluated results to participants
    October 12Notification of acceptance of presentation proposals
    October 25Deadline for system reports (workshop notebook version)
    November 14-15TAC 2011 workshop in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
    February 25, 2012Deadline for system reports (final proceedings version)

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