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2012 Text Analysis Conference
(TAC) Workshop

November 5-6, 2012

Portrait Room
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, Maryland USA

NIST Visitor Information
TAC Workshop registration form

General Information


The 2012 TAC Workshop will be held in the Administration Building (Building 101), Portrait Room, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) main campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Signs will direct you to the registration area once you are in the Administration Building.


The registration fee of $283 includes: notebook flash drive, coffee breaks, two lunches, dinner on Monday, November 5, transportation to and from The Holiday Inn Gaithersburg and NIST each day, and transportation to and from the workshop dinner. When completing the registration form let us know which team (if any) you participated with, and if you are a student (although there is no student discount on the registration fee).

All TAC workshop attendees must register by Monday, October 29, 5 p.m., EDT.
Due to increased security, no on-site registrations will be accepted and all attendees must be pre-registered. A government-issued photo identification must be presented at the Visitor Center before entering the NIST campus; for non-U.S. citizens, this identification must be a passport. Attendees must wear their workshop badge at all times while on the NIST campus.

If you are planning to attend the 2012 TAC Workshop and your passport is from: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, or Syria, you must contact Lori Buckland no later than October 4, as additional information is required from you.


Registration questions: Teresa Vicente (teresa.vicente@nist.gov), phone: 301-975-3883.
TAC questions: Hoa Dang (hoa.dang@nist.gov) or Lori Buckland (lori.buckland@nist.gov).


The telephone number for contact with the meeting is 301-975-2997 or 301-975-2998. Attendees will not be called out of the meeting to receive telephone calls, except in emergencies. Public phones are located outside the Green Auditorium.

Wireless Access

Wireless access to the NIST Visitor's network will be available to participants. Before a machine can connect to the NIST Visitor's network, the user must sign a form on site to certify that:
  1. The machine has antivirus software installed and the signatures were updated within the past week.
  2. All security-relevant patches have been installed within the past month.
  3. File sharing software has been turned off and will not be activated while the computer is attached to the NIST Visitor's network.
Users will also need to acknowledge that they understand that NIST networks are government-owned, and thus they have no right of privacy: authorized personnel may monitor all communications for the purposes of network maintenance and security.

Continental Breakfasts, Lunches, and Coffee Breaks

Continental breakfast will be served each day in the West Square Cafeteria at NIST. Refreshments will be available at coffee breaks. Lunch will be provided for attendees on Monday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 6, in the NIST cafeteria. You will find two lunch tickets in your badge holder. Turn one ticket in to the cashier each day after making your lunch selection.


A Banquet dinner will be held at the Flaming Pit Restaurant, 18701 North Frederick Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20879, on Monday, November 5, beginning with a cash bar at 6 p.m. One dinner ticket is included in the cost of the conference registration. Transportation will be provided from the Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, then back to the hotel at the conclusion of the dinner.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Gaithersburg at a group rate of $125, single or double, plus 15% tax. This rate includes breakfast for 1 person, per night. You may call the Holiday Inn Gaithersburg directly at telephone: 301-948-8900, and mention the NIST/TAC Workshop (code NTR) when making your hotel reservations. Hotel reservations must be made by Monday, October 29, 2012. Reservations must be canceled by 4 p.m. on the arrival date in order to receive a refund.

Round-trip transportation will be provided between the hotel and NIST each day in the morning and evening. Attendees are encouraged to use this service, as parking at NIST may be limited.


Super-Shuttle, 1-800-258-3826, and Federal Airport Shuttle, 1-866-721-2929, offer commercial van service from Dulles International, Ronald Reagan National, and Baltimore-Washington International Airports to Gaithersburg. Call for reservations.

The Washington Metro has subway service to Gaithersburg. Metro can be boarded at National Airport. Take a Yellow Line train marked "Mount Vernon Square" to the Gallery Place stop and transfer to a Red Line train marked "Shady Grove" to the Shady Grove station. Service is every 6 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day. The travel time from National to Shady Grove is about 50 minutes. Taxis are available from the Shady Grove Metro station to area hotels.

To reach the Gaithersburg Holiday Inn: Traveling north on I-270: take Exit 11, Rt. 124 East, Montgomery Village Avenue. At the second traffic light, turn left, then immediately right into the hotel parking lot.

From southbound I-270: take Exit 11, Route 124, Quince Orchard Road/Montgomery Village Avenue. Turn left at the first light onto Route 124, stay in the far left lane. Go straight thru the second light. At the next intersection, turn left onto Route 355/N. Frederick Avenue, then immediately right into the hotel parking lot.

If you are planning to drive onto the NIST campus, you must present your photo identification and vehicle registration (or car rental agreement) at the main gate to be admitted to the workshop. International attendees are required to present a passport. Attendees must wear their workshop badge at all times while on the campus.

For other information about NIST and the Gaithersburg area, please see: NIST Visitor Information.

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