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Revision of ImageCLEF - The CLEF Cross Language Image Retrieval Track from Wed, 12/07/2011 - 04:15


  • 05.12.2012 ImageCLEF has been selected as one of the CLEF 2012 labs.
  • 30.11.2011 The ImageCLEF Wikipedia image retrieval 2011 dataset is publicly available here
  • 30.09.2011 Links to the slides of the oral presentations and to the demos at the ImageCLEF sessions of CLEF 2011 are available here
  • 22.09.2011 Please give us feedback on ImageCLEF 2011 at this survey, or more detailed feedback on CLEF at this survey.
  • 10.9.2010 The ImageCLEF book is now available to buy at Springer. More information can be found here.


ImageCLEF is the cross-language image retrieval track which is run as part of the Cross Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF).
ImageCLEF has already seen participation from both academic and commercial research groups worldwide from communities including: Cross-Language Information Retrieval (CLIR), Content-Based Image Retrieval (CBIR) and user interaction. More information on past and current ImageCLEF campaigns can be found here:

The working notes of ImageCLEF included in the CLEF working notes are available from the CLEF webpage.
ImageCLEF organisers
ImageCLEF was originally proposed by Mark Sanderson and Paul Clough from the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield. However, today ImageCLEF is organised and run voluntarily by a much larger number of individuals and research groups.

Image retrieval from medical collections

Image annotation

  • Stefanie Nowak, Fraunhofer IDMT, Germany, nwk[at]
  • Judith Liebetrau, Fraunhofer IDMT and Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany, ltu[at]

Image retrieval from a collection of wikipedia images

Plant identification

Various articles describing ImageCLEF in more detail have been published. These are available here.

Many organisations and individuals have supported ImageCLEF, but in particular we thank:
  • Dr. Carol Peters (co-ordinator of CLEF) for continual support and help in the organisation of ImageCLEF.
  • Dr. Thomas Deselaers for his help in past ImageCLEF editions (2004-2008) and for support of the ImageCLEF web pages.
  • The Khresmoi, Chorus+ and Promise projects for their support.
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