Bretherton, David, Smith, D.A., schraefel, mc, Polfreman, Richard, Everist, Mark, Brooks, L. Jeanice and Lambert, Joe
Integrating musicology's heterogeneous data sources for better exploration
In Proceedings of the 10th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference.
International Society for Music Information Retrieval. 6 pp, .
Musicologists have to consult an extraordinarily heterogeneous body of primary and secondary sources during all stages of their research. Many of these sources are now available online, but the historical dispersal of material across libraries and archives has now been replaced by segregation of data and metadata into a plethora of online repositories. This segregation hinders the intelligent manipulation of metadata, and means that extracting large tranches of basic factual information or running multi-part search queries is still enormously and needlessly time consuming. To counter this barrier to research, the "musicSpace" project is experimenting with integrating access to many of musicology’s leading data sources via a modern faceted browsing interface that utilises Semantic Web and Web2.0 technologies such as RDF and AJAX. This will make previously intractable search queries tractable, enable musicologists to use their time more efficiently, and aid the discovery of potentially significant information that users did not think to look for. This paper outlines our work to date
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