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The TRECVID evaluation meetings are an on-going series of workshops focusing on a list of different information retrieval (IR) research areas in content-based retrieval and exploitation of digital video. TRECVID is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other US government agencies. Various participating research groups make significant contributions. The goal of the workshops is to encourage research in content-based video retrieval and analysis by providing large test collections, realistic system tasks, uniform scoring procedures, and a forum for organizations interested in comparing their results.


TRECVID was founded in 2003 as an independent evaluation/workshop from TREC. Paul Over is the TRECVID project leader at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The general coordinators are:

  • Alan Smeaton (Dublin City University)
  • Wessel Kraaij (TNO-ICT)


Smeaton, A. F., Over, P., and Kraaij, W. 2006. "Evaluation campaigns and TRECVid". In Proceedings of the 8th ACM International Workshop on Multimedia Information Retrieval (Santa Barbara, California, USA, October 26–27, 2006). MIR '06. ACM Press, New York, NY, 321-330.


The conference is made up a varied, international group of researchers and developers. TRECVID 2012 was composed of 57 teams from Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia comprising some 400 researchers.

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