The data produced during an evaluation campaign of information
access systems are valuable scientific data, and as a consequence, it is
important to keep trace of their lineage since this allows us to judge
their quality and applicability for a given use. As the data is
frequently enriched by the addition of further analyses and
interpretations, it is necessary to provide an effective way be able to
cite both the data and any additional processing.
A Digital Library Systems (DLS)
represents the natural choice for managing, making accessible, citing,
curating, enriching, and preserving all the information resources
produced during an evaluation campaign.
DIRECT, Distributed Information
Retrieval Evaluation Campaign Tool, is a DLS for managing the scientific
data produced during an evaluation campaign.
DIRECT not only manages the
different types of information resources employed in a large-scale
evaluation campaign and supports the different stages of the campaign,
but also facilitates the sharing and dissemination of the results.
DIRECT is proving an important
instrument to improve cooperation among researchers and to
facilitate the transfer of scientific and innovative results.
The system has been designed to meet the following goals:
- to be cross-platform and easily deployable to end users;
- to be as modular as possible, clearly separating the
application logic from the interface logic;
- to be intuitive and capable of providing support for the
various user tasks, such as experiment submission, consultation of
metrics and plots about experiment performances, relevance assessment, and so on;
- to support different types of users, i.e. participants,
assessors, organizers, and visitors, who need to have access to
different kinds of features and capabilities;
- to support internationalization and localization: the
application needs to be able to adapt to the language of the user and
his country or culturally dependent data, such as dates and currencies.