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* Task 6b will begin on Wednesday, March 07, 2018! *

* Training data for Task 6b are available here * Please, note that some issues reported in previous editions of the training data have been fixed, including inconsistencies in the format of some ideal and exact answers. Therefore, some parsers may need some updates for this version of the data. For a detailed list of all changes, please consult the accompanying README file.

* Instructions on how to download and/or search the designated resources of the Task are available here. *

What's new in BioASQ5-Task B

Other notes-Task B

We strongly encourage you to go through the guidelines and pay attention to the changes as well as in the format of the answers you will submit.

Task 6B Guidelines

For a comprehensive description of the BioASQ tasks please visit

Task 6B will use benchmark datasets containing development and test questions, in English, along with gold standard (reference) answers. The benchmark datasets are being constructed by a team of biomedical experts from around Europe. Consult BioASQ Deliverable 3.7 for more information on the construction of the benchmark datasets.

Systems may participate in any of the two or, ideally, both phases.
The rest of the guidelines is organized in sections. You can expand a section by clicking on it.

+ Types of questions

+ Required Answers in Phase A

+ Required Answers in Phase B

+ Download Training Dataset

+ Test dataset and evaluation process

+ Designated resources for Phase A

+ JSON format of the datasets

+ Systems

+ Continuous Space Word Vectors

*Data from NLM are distributed based on the conditions described here. License Code: 8283NLM123.
If you used data obtained from the BioASQ challenges please support us by reporting BioASQ in your acknowledgements and citing our paper:

An overview of the BIOASQ large-scale biomedical semantic indexing and question answering competition: George Tsatsaronis, Georgios Balikas, Prodromos Malakasiotis, Ioannis Partalas, Matthias Zschunke, Michael R Alvers, Dirk Weissenborn, Anastasia Krithara, Sergios Petridis, Dimitris Polychronopoulos, Yannis Almirantis, John Pavlopoulos, Nicolas Baskiotis, Patrick Gallinari, Thierry Artiéres, Axel Ngonga, Norman Heino, Eric Gaussier, Liliana Barrio-Alvers, Michael Schroeder, Ion Androutsopoulos and Georgios Paliouras, in BMC bioinformatics, 2015 (bib).