Overview of the TREC 2013 Federated Web Search Track

Thomas Demeester, Rudolf Berend Trieschnigg, Dong-Phuong Nguyen, Djoerd Hiemstra

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The TREC Federated Web Search track is intended to promote research related to federated search in a realistic web setting, and hereto provides a large data collection gathered from a series of online search engines. This overview paper discusses the results of the first edition of the track, FedWeb 2013. The focus was on basic challenges in federated search: (1) resource selection, and (2) results merging. After an overview of the provided data collection and the relevance judgments for the test topics, the participants’ individual approaches and results on both tasks are discussed. Promising research directions and an outlook on the 2014 edition of the track are provided as well.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd Text REtrieval Conference (TREC 2013)
Place of PublicationGaithersburg
PublisherNational Institute of Standards and Technology
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)not assigned
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014
EventTwenty-second Text REtrieval Conference, TREC-22 2013 - Gaithersburg, United States
Duration: 19 Nov 201322 Nov 2013
Conference number: 22

Publication series

NameNIST Special Publications
PublisherNational Institute of Standards and Technology


ConferenceTwenty-second Text REtrieval Conference, TREC-22 2013
Abbreviated titleTREC
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • EWI-25346
  • METIS-309679
  • IR-93294

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