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To: Christopher W Clark <>, Peter Dugan <>, Bioacoustics-L <>
Subject: Fwd: [imageclef] ImageCLEF and LifeCLEF
From: Herve Glotin <>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:20:53 +0100
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LifeCLEF 2014: Call for participation

A new lab of CLEF dedicated to life media.

Building accurate knowledge of the identity, the geographic distribution and the evolution of living species is essential for a sustainable development of humanity as well as for biodiversity conservation. In this context, using multimedia identification tools is considered as one of the most promising solution to help bridging the taxonomic gap. With the recent advances in digital devices/equipment, network bandwidth and information storage capacities, the production of multimedia big data has indeed become an easy task. In parallel, the emergence of citizen sciences and social networking tools has fostered the creation of large and structured communities of nature observers (e.g. e-bird, Xeno-canto, Tela Botanica, etc.) who started to produce outstanding collections of multimedia records. Unfortunately, the performance of the state-of-the-art multimedia analysis techniques on such data is still not well understood and is far from reaching the real world’s requirements in terms of identification tools. 

The LifeCLEF lab proposes to evaluate these challenges around 3 tasks related to fine-grained classification problems in 3 living worlds. Each task is based on large and real-world data and the measured challenges are defined in collaboration with biologists and environmental stakeholders in order to reflect realistic usage scenarios.

- BirdCLEF: an audio record-based bird identification task
        based on the Xeno-canto social network
        500 bird species from Brazil from hundreds recordists
        around 15k audio records

- PlantCLEF: an image-based plant identification task
        based on the Tela Botanica social network
        500 plant species centered on France from hundreds recordists
        around 50k images 

- FishCLEF: a fish video surveillance task
        based on the Fish4Knowledge network
        30 fish species from the Taiwan's coral reef from underwater cameras
        2000 videos, and 2 millions of pictures 

Tentative schedule:
    15.11.2013: registration opens for all CLEF tasks
    15.01.2014: training data release (depends on the task)
    15.03.2014: test data release (depends on the task)
    15.05.2014 deadline for submission of runs
    30.05.2014: release of results
    15.06.2014: deadline for submission of working notes
    16-18.09.2014: CLEF 2014 Conference (Sheffield, UK)

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