Read/write digital libraries for musicology

David M. Weigl, Werner Goebl, Alex Hofmann, Tim Crawford, Federico Zubani, Cynthia C.S. Liem, Alastair Porter

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Abstract

The Web and other digital technologies have democratised music creation, reception, and analysis, putting music in the hands, ears, and minds of billions of users. Music digital libraries typically focus on an essential subset of this deluge - commercial and academic publications, and historical materials - but neglect to incorporate contributions by scholars, performers, and enthusiasts, such as annotations or performed interpretations of these artifacts, despite their potential utility for many types of users. In this paper we consider means by which digital libraries for musicology may incorporate such contributions into their collections, adhering to principles of FAIR data management and respecting contributor rights as outlined in the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. We present an overview of centralised and decentralised approaches to this problem, and propose hybrid solutions in which contributions reside in a) user-controlled personal online datastores, b) decentralised file storage, and c) are published and aggregated into digital library collections. We outline the implementation of these ideas using Solid, a Web decentralisation project building on W3C standard technologies to facilitate publication and control over Linked Data. We demonstrate the feasibility of this approach by implementing prototypes supporting two types of contribution: Web Annotations describing or analysing musical elements in score encodings and music recordings; and, music performances and associated metadata supporting performance analyses across many renditions of a given piece. Finally, we situate these ideas within a wider conception of enriched, decentralised, and interconnected online music repositories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology, DLfM 2020 - A satellite event of ISMIR 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages48-52
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450387606
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event7th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology, DLfM 2020 - A satellite event of ISMIR 2020 - Montreal, Virtual, Canada
Duration: 16 Oct 2020 → …

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology, DLfM 2020 - A satellite event of ISMIR 2020
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, Virtual
Period16/10/20 → …

Keywords

  • Contribution
  • Decentralisation
  • IPFS
  • Music Digital Libraries
  • Solid

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