Background linking

Given a news story, retrieve other news articles that provide important context or background information. The goal is to help a reader understand or learn more about the story or main issues in the current article using the best possible sources.

Entity ranking

Given a news story and a list of entities referenced in that story (and linked to Wikipedia), rank the entities reflecting the entities importance to the story and utility in providing that link to the reader in context. The goal is to provide reader context by automatically linking the entities in the article that are most critical to understanding the story.


Getting the data

The TREC Washington Post Collection can be obtained here

Background linking task

I think journalism gets measured by the quality of information it presents, not the drama or the pyrotechnics associated with us. -Bob Woodward

Entity ranking

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. -Peter Drucker

Information for participants

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