musicSpace: integrating musicology's heterogeneous data sources

Bretherton, David, Smith, Daniel Alexander, Schraefel, Monica mc, Everist, Mark, Brooks, Jeanice, Polfreman, Richard and Lambert, Joe (1970) musicSpace: integrating musicology's heterogeneous data sources. In, InterFace 2009: 1st International Symposium for Humanities and Technology, Southampton, UK, 09 - 10 Jul 2009.


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A significant barrier to the research endeavours of musicologists (and humanities scholars more generally) is the sheer amount of potentially relevant information that has accumulated over centuries. Whereas researchers once faced the daunting prospect of physically scouring through endless primary and secondary sources in order to answer the basic whats, wheres and whens of history, these sources and the data they contain are now increasingly available online. Yet the vast increase in the online availability of data, the heterogeneity of this data, the plethora of data providers, and, moreover, the inability of current search tools to manipulate metadata in useful and intelligent ways, means that extracting large tranches of basic factual information or running multi-part search queries is still enormously and needlessly time consuming. Accordingly, the musicSpace project is exploiting Semantic Web technologies (Berners-Lee et al., 2001) to develop a search interface that integrates access to musicology’s largest and most significant online resources. This will make previously intractable search queries tractable, thus allowing our users to spend their research time more efficiently and ultimately aiding the attainment of new knowledge. This brief paper gives an overview of our work.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Keywords: musicology, metadata, data fusion, semantic web, e-research
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Music
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Electronics and Computer Science > Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia
ePrint ID: 68808
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 January 1970UNSPECIFIED
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:54
musicSpace: Using and Evaluating e-Science Design Methods and Technologies to Improve Access to Heterogeneous Music Resources for Musicology
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/E006647/1)
Led by: m.c. schraefel
1 October 2007 to 31 October 2010

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