BioASQ Task 1a - 2nd batch is starting

Monday, June 3, 2013
BioASQ challenge on large-scale biomedical semantic indexing and question answering (BioASQ workshop after CLEF 2013 in Valencia, Spain on September 27, 2013)
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The first batch of the first task of the BioASQ challenge (Task1a: Large-scale online biomedical semantic indexing) has been completed with more than 20 systems participating. It comprised six weekly tests, the results of which are being continuously updated as Medline articles get annotated by curators. The current results are available at:
The second batch of the same task is starting on Monday June 3, 2013 and will comprise 6 new weekly tests. We strongly encourage anyone who works on hierarchical text classification to participate in the second batch, which will be assessed separately from the first. In fact participation is possible even if one misses one of the six tests, as only the four best scores of each system will be used for the final ranking in the batch.
Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each batch. Check the following page for more information:
Registration to the task is open and will remain open until the end of the challenge in August. In order to register and participate, please visit the BioASQ participants area:
Important dates:
June 3, 2013: Start of second batch
July 15, 2013: Third batch
August 26, 2013: End of task 1a
September 27, 2013: BioASQ Workshop (following CLEF 2013)
Good luck from the BioASQ team!