Music in the air

logo partenosNowadays, academia operates largely project-based, along envisioned research paths. But innovation can neither be planned nor be forecast. Unexpected insights and results are like ‘kersen op de taart’. This news item reports of two such ‘cherries’, resulting from collaborations within and across different national and international research infrastructure projects in the Digital Humanities.

Together with five other music information retrieval (MIR) researchers, Reinier de Valk wrote a paper promoting stronger collaboration between the field of MIR and Trusted Digital Repositories holding digital music data. The paper touches on subjects such as research workflows, standardisation, and software sustainability—topics relevant both in the context of the European Commission-funded PARTHENOS project and in that of the national CLARIAH project. The paper has been accepted for the Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop, a satellite event of the highly prestigious annual International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (Suzhou and Shanghai, 23-28 October), and will be published in ACM’s International Conference Proceedings Series.

Another conference that is difficult to be accepted for is the annual International Semantic Web Conference. Albert Meroño-Peñuela, former PhD student of DANS, working for the CEDAR project; and others (including Reinier de Valk) had a paper accepted for this conference’s Resource Track. The paper describes “the MIDI Linked Data Cloud dataset, which represents multiple collections of digital music in the MIDI standard format as Linked Data using the novel midi2rdf algorithm”, and which opens all kind of new research possibilities. While CLARIAH currently does not focus on music, the researchers involved met in the context of building a DH research infrastructure for CLARIAH. This paper is a very nice example of a spin-off result from such large-scale collaborations.

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