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Whither Music IR Evaluation Infrastructure: Lessons to be Learned from TREC

Dr. Ellen Voorhees, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has submitted an online copy of her keynote paper for the Music Information Retrieval/Music Digital Library (MIR/MDL) evaluation workshop. This workshop presentation is a part of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (held in Portland, Oregon July 14-18), and discusses background information of the Text REtrieval...

Data compression is an important tool that minimizes the size of digital data. Without it, many features of Internet would not be practical, or even possible. This site discusses "the principles and practice of data compression," and examines common techniques for different types of information. The author considers some algorithms and coding methods, such as Huffman coding and the Blahut...
The Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval

The Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval, located within the computer science department at the University of Massachusetts, is dedicated to "developing tools that provide effective and efficient access to large, heterogeneous, distributed, text and multimedia databases." To this end, the Center conducts a number of research activities, along with some rather compelling demonstration...
Text Retrieval Conference (TREC)

The Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) is an annual event that supports "research within the information retrieval community by providing the infrastructure necessary for large-scale evaluation of text retrieval methodologies." Proceedings of the conference covering all twelve years of its history are available on the TREC homepage. As TREC has evolved, it has added several focus areas that span new...
Data Storage

Even as home computers are being equipped with hard drives more massive than most users need, the scientific community is facing challenges of inadequate data storage systems. Experiments conducted in research facilities can produce unimaginable amounts of information, and computer scientists are working on ways to handle and manage it. Virtually every modern computer system incorporates...
Dspace Federation

Online storage has become more affordable and feasible, allowing for advances in the management and dissemination of digital materials. DSpace is a digital repository software system for research libraries and institutions, which captures, stores, indexes, preserves, and redistributes intellectual materials in digital formats. Developed jointly by MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard (HP), DSpace is...
National Institute of Informatics

Informatics is a field that is gaining importance around the globe, and the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan seeks "to advance integrated research and development activities in information-related fields, including networking, software, and content." First-time visitors should note that most of the materials in the site can be located in sections such as "Research & Project" and...
Easeus Todo Backup 1.1

If you have a system problem or a crash, Easeus Todo Backup can help. This program allows users to back and restore a disk or partition after a virus attack, and also restore image files and even backup the whole hard disk. This version is compatible with computers running Windows 2000 and newer, and the website contains an extensive help section.
ThinkFree Online

With ThinkFree Online, interested parties wont' have to fuss around with carrying flash drives or worrying about whether they have a certain important file handy lodged away in their email. The ThinkFree Online service provides a free web office suite with 1GB of online storage. Visitors can use the program to store documents, and they can also edit and manipulate documents without opening it in a...

For people who work remotely and need to share documents quickly, Dropbox is a program worth a close look. This online service allows interested parties to sync files online and share these files easily by creating shared folders. Users can also control which parties have access to these files, and it can also be used via mobile devices. This version allows up to 2GB of free storage, and it is...
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