The PROMISE project which has been the driving force behind moving the CLEF initiative from a workshop to an independent conference has now completed its three-year cycle. This has been a very successful project which has collected many or even most of the evaluation-oriented research sites around Europe, and besides being productive it has been a pleasant effort to work with this set of colleagues and friends. (Not only pleasant, however: the sad and untimely passing of our colleague and friend Emanuele Pianta, the scientific director of CELCT, in an automobile accident did leave us all saddened.)
And I am happy to quote one of the reviewers of the project at the final review: “CLEF has branched out and has come closer to the real world; this is probably the most important outcome of the project”. This is something we worked hard to achieve and I am very pleased to see that it appears to be noticeable by outside assessors as well!