• The Text REtrieval Conference, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which has run since 1992, to “support research within the information retrieval community by providing the infrastructure necessary for large-scale evaluation of text retrieval methodologies. In particular, the TREC workshop series has the following goals: to encourage research in information retrieval based on large test Collections; to increase communication among industry, academia, and government by creating an open forum for the exchange of research ideas; to speed the transfer of technology from research labs into commercial products by demonstrating substantial improvements in retrieval methodologies on real-world problems; and to increase the availability of appropriate evaluation techniques for use by industry and academia, including development of new evaluation techniques more applicable to current systems.” 1
  • The Text REtrieval Conference, organized the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. TREC is an annual conference and friendly competition among information retrieval systems intended to promote the science of text retrieval. For several years TREC included a legal track, which investigated text retrieval in the context of discovery. 2


  1. Maura R. Grossman and Gordon V. Cormack, EDRM page & The Grossman-Cormack Glossary of Technology-Assisted Review, with Foreword by John M. Facciola, U.S. Magistrate Judge2013 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 7 (January 2013).
  2. Herb Roitblat, Search 2020: The Glossary.
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