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Cross-Lingual Information access, retrieval, extraction, ... needs, requirements and current state of the art

Cross-Lingual Information access, retrieval, extraction, ... needs, requirements and current state of the art

This video was recorded at Multilingual Information Access Technology Transfer Day 2009. The main topics that were addressed were the following: The needs of large users of multilingual information archives and their requirements, expectations The current offers for enterprise search and web What is preventing the take off of cross-lingual search applications The theme of the panel discussion was why, despite 10 years of MLIA evaluations (within TREC, CLEF, NTCIR programmes), the adoption of such technologies is still a questionable issue. This session was organized around a series of questions which were circulated to the panelist beforehand. The list of questions was as follows: During the last ten years or so, the number of languages and domains, for which research and development on MLIA have been conducted, has increased massively; is there any killer application that emerged from such clusters? Have we managed to assess performance and are these in line with application deployments; are these two concepts strongly related (performance, deployments)? Did the evaluations consider the right needs and requirements, and by the way do we have a clear picture of these? If no success story can be mentioned today, does that mean key players were left out of these evaluations? Why? If players were among the participants, does that mean we do have applications/core-technology with performances that can not be offered to real users? And what offers do MLIA players have that one can highlight today, in particular for use by professionals? Can we imagine fulfilling the needs of all languages and all domains at a reasonable cost (money, time, ...)? How can the panelists (and the participants) address these issues and establish pointers to high levels of cooperation between users, service providers and core-technology providers (including computational linguistics?

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