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Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:27:25 +0100
LifeCLEF 2014 Bird Identification Task - Training Data Release

We cordially invite you to participate in the largest Bird Identification task, organized this year within LifeCLEF (, a new lab of CLEF 2014 (, which will be held next year in Sheffield, UK.

The task will be focused on bird identification based on different types of audio records over 500 species from South America centered on Brazil (14027 audio records, 9688 in the training package, 4339 in the test package). This challenge is the biggest ever organized, after the pionner ICML 2013 and NIPS 2013 bird challenges that dealt 'only' with less than one hundred of species but interested many teams (online proc.:

The main originality of this data is that it was specifically built through a citizen sciences initiative conducted by Xeno-canto, an international social network of amateur and expert ornithologists. This makes the task closer to the conditions of a real-world application: (i) audio records of the same species are coming from distinct birds living in distinct areas (ii) audio records by different users that might not used the same combination of microphones and portable recorders (iii) audio records are taken at different periods in the year and different hours of a day involving different background noise (other bird species, insect chirping, etc).

The following sample illustrates the quality of the audio records:

Additional information includes contextual meta-data (author, date, locality name, comment, quality rates).

The link of the training data (18 Go in 1 tar.gz file + readme.pdf) is available since few days in the registration system to any user who subscribes to the bird task. A set of audio features for both training and test recordings are also provided in the registration system that could be used by any participant (18 Go in 1 tar.gz file for the training data).

The participants will have a chance to submit a paper describing their system, which will be published in the CLEF Labs Working Notes. Furthermore, the groups of the best performing systems will be invited to give an oral presentation at CLEF 2014 and others will be given the option of presenting a poster.

For more information, please visit:


01.12.2013: Registration opens (register here)

10.02.2014: training data release

15.04.2014: test data release

01.05.2014 deadline for submission of runs

15.05.2014: release of results

15.06.2014: deadline for submission of working notes

15-18.09.2014: CLEF 2014 Conference (Sheffield, UK)


    -    Hervé Glotin, University of Toulon, France, m("","//glotin");" target="_blank">

Hervé Goëau, Inria Zenith team, France, m("","herve.goeau");" target="_blank">

    -    Andreas Rauber, TU Wien, Austria, m("","//rauber");" target="_blank">

    -    Willem-Pier Vellinga, Xeno-Canto foundation for nature sounds, The Netherlands, m("","//wp");" target="_blank">

Herve'   Glotin,   Pr.
Institut Univ. de France (IUF) & Univ. Toulon (UTLN)
Head of information DYNamics & Integration (DYNI @ UMR CNRS LSIS)        m("","glotin");">
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