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Publication Citation: On The TREC Blog Track

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Author(s): Iadh Ounis; Craig Macdonald; Ian M. Soboroff;
Title: On The TREC Blog Track
Published: April 30, 2008
Abstract: The rise of blogging as a new grassroots publishing medium and the many interesting peculiarities that characterize blogs compared to other genres of documents opened up several new interesting research areas in the information retrieval field.  The Blog track was introduced in 2006 as part of the renowned Text Retrieval Conference (TREC) evaluation forum, to drive research on the blogosphere and to facilitate experimentation and evaluation of blog search techniques.  This paper reports on two years of the Blog track at TREC.  We describe the blog search tasks investigated at TREC, and discuss the main lessons we learned from the track.  We conclude the paper with discussions of the broader implications of the Blog track lessons and possible directions for the future, with the aim to uncover and explore the richness of information available in the blogosphere.
Conference: 2008 International Conference on Weblogging and Social Media (ICWSM 08)
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Weblogging and Social Media (ICWSM 08)
Pages: 8 pp.
Location: Seattle, WA
Dates: March 31-April 2, 2008
Keywords: blogs; blog search; evaluation; information retrieval; TREC
Research Areas: Information Processing Systems, Imaging