The TREC conference series is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with additional support from other U.S. government agencies. The goal of the conference series is to encourage research in information retrieval from large amounts of text by providing a large test collection, uniform scoring procedures, and a forum for organizations interested in comparing their results. Attendance at TREC conferences is restricted to those researchers and developers who have performed the TREC retrieval tasks and to selected government personnel.
TREC researchers address a number of related but different retrieval tasks. These research efforts are organized as tracks within TREC. For TREC-2001 a new track was defined - one that went beyond text retrieval. The high-level goal of the Video Retrieval Track is the investigation of content-based retrieval from digital video.
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