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Add MusicNet data to COPAC with ‘Composed’ bookmarklet

03 Oct

Here’s a great example of how the MusicNet data can be used to enhance existing sites. The ‘Composed’ bookmarklet decorates an existing COPAC composer record with all the extra information that MusicNet contains about that person.

Head on over to this blog post for more details. Incidentally this was created as an entry to the UK Discovery competition we blogged about earlier in the year.

So, who’s going to turn this into a GreaseMonkey script so that the bookmarklet isn’t need?

 
 

UK Discovery Developer Competition features the MusicNet dataset

11 Jul

The MusicNet dataset has been included as part of the UK Discovery global developer competition. The rules of the competition are simple, build an app/tool that makes use of at least one of the 10 featured datasets.

UK Discovery is working with libraries, archives and museums to open up data about their resources for free re-use and aggregation. DevCSIis working with developers in the education sector, many of who will have innovative ideas about how to exploit this open data in new applications.

This Developer Competition runs throughout July 2011. It starts on Monday 4 July – Independence Day, a good day for liberating data – and closes on Monday 1 August. It’s open to anyone anywhere in the world.

For more information about the competition see http://discovery.ac.uk/developers/competition/. Prizes are available for the best entrants, competition ends Monday 1 August 2011.

 
 

Final Product Post: MusicNet & The Alignment Tool

29 Jun

This is a final report and roundup of the MusicNet project. We’ll mainly be discussing the primary outputs of the project but will also cover an overview of the project as a whole.

We have two primary prototypal outputs/products from the project, they are:

  1. The Alignment Tool
  2. The MusicNet Codex

We’ll discuss each of these in turn and address what they are, who they are for and how you can use them in your own projects.

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Tweets from Music Linked Data Workshop (#MLDW)

24 May

Here are the archived tweets from the Music Linked Data Workshop we held at JISC London earlier this month. Slides from the event can be found here.

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MLDW Slides

22 May

We are pleased to post below the slides from the presentations at the Music Linked Data Workshop (JISC, London, 12 May 2011). Thank you to our presenters for providing their slides.

 

MLDW Programme & Abstracts

10 May

Music Linked Data Workshop, JISC, London, 12 May 2011

Programme

10:30 – Welcome

Morning Session: Research Papers
Chaired by Richard Polfreman (Music, University of Southampton)

10:35 – MusicNet: Aligning Musicology’s Metadata
David Bretherton, Daniel Alexander Smith, Joe Lambert and mc schraefel (Music, and Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton)

11:05 – Towards Web-Scale Analysis of Musical Structure
J. Stephen Downie (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), David De Roure (Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford) and Kevin Page (Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford)

11:35 – LinkedBrainz Live
Simon Dixon, Cedric Mesnage and Barry Norton (Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London)

12:05 – BBC Music – Using the Web as our Content Management System
Nicholas Humfrey (BBC)

12:35 – Lunch

Afternoon Session: Funding & Project Presentations
Chaired by David Bretherton (Music, University of Southampton)

13:30 – JISC Funding Roadmap for 2011-12
David Flanders (JISC)

13:45 – Early Music Online: Opening up the British Library’s 16th-Century Music Books
Sandra Tuppen (British Library)

14:00 – Musonto – A Semantic Search Engine Dedicated to Music and Musicians
Jean-Philippe Fauconnier (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) and Joseph Roumier (CETIC, Belgium)

14:15 – Listening to Movies – Creating a User-Centred Catalogue of Music for Films
Charlie Inskip (freelance music consultant)

14:30 – Q & A and Discussion Session
Chaired by Geraint Wiggins (Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London)

16:00 – End

Abstracts for Morning Research Papers

MusicNet: Aligning Musicology’s Metadata

David Bretherton, Daniel Alexander Smith, Joe Lambert and mc schraefel (Music, and Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton)

As more resources are published as Linked Data, data from multiple heterogeneous sources should be more rapidly discoverable and automatically integrable, enabling it to be reused in contexts beyond those originally envisaged. But Linked Data is not of itself a complete solution. One of the key challenges of Linked Data is that its strength is also a weakness: anyone can publish anything. So in music, for instance, 17 sources may independently publish data about ‘Schubert’, but there is no de facto way to know that any of these Schuberts are the same, because the sources are not aligned. Alignment is a prerequisite for usable Linked Data, without which resources are effectively stranded rather than integrated. To begin to address this, the MusicNet project has minted URIs for composers, and has published as RDF basic biographical data and – crucially – alignment information for several leading providers of musicological data.

Towards Web-Scale Analysis of Musical Structure

J. Stephen Downie (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), David De Roure (Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford) and Kevin Page (Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford)

SALAMI (Structural Analysis of Large Amounts of Music Information) is an ambitious computational musicology project which applies a computational approach to the huge volume of digital recordings now available from such sources as the Internet Archive. It aims to deliver a very substantive corpus of musical analyses in a common framework for use by music scholars, students and beyond, and to establish a web-based methodology and tooling which will enable others to add to this in the future. In its first phase the project has conducted a significant exercise in ground truth collection with 1000 recordings analysed by music students and shortly to be published as open Linked Data.

LinkedBrainz Live

Simon Dixon, Cedric Mesnage and Barry Norton (Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London)

The MusicBrainz dataset is a large open (openly-licensed and open to contribution) collection of metadata about music, containing information on artists, their recorded works, and acoustic fingerprints. The LinkedBrainz project aims at making MusicBrainz Linked Data compliant. Linked Data principles require that the data is made available using an RDF serialisation over HTTP, and that this is interlinked with existing datasets. Linked Data Best Practice encourages an endpoint where queries can be made using the SPARQL query language for RDF. The LinkedBrainz project is rolling out an RDFa annotation of the relevant MusicBrainz pages, and is preparing a SPARQL endpoint and RDF-based dereferencing.  In this talk we will give further details on progress and future work, and will show the utility of the dataset as Linked Data by demonstrating the ease with which ‘mash-ups’ can be formed, based on interlinkage with resources such as DBPedia and BBC Music Reviews.

BBC Music – Using the Web as our Content  Management System

Nicholas Humfrey (BBC)

The BBC Music site provides a page for every artist played on the BBC. These pages use persistent web identifiers for each artist, which serve as an aggregation point for all content and information. By reusing structured data available elsewhere on the Web – the Web becomes our Content Management System. The core metadata is then enhanced with content, such as videos and reviews, from the BBC, thereby providing a compelling audience proposition and also making the BBC content re-aggregatable by other websites, thus contributing to the web as a whole.

 

AES 2011: W1, Music and Semantic Web

02 May

MusicNet, represented by David, will be participating in the workshop ‘Music and Semantic Web’ at the 130th Audio Engineering Society in London, 13-16 May 2011. The workshop will be chaired by David De Roure (Uni. of Oxford) and Yves Raimond (BBC); other panel members include Gregg Kellogg (Connected Media Experience), Alexandre Passant (Seevl) and Evan Stein (Decibel). Come along if you can!

Further details: http://www.aes.org/events/130/workshops/?ID=2639

 
 

Music Linked Data Workshop

11 Feb

Preliminary Announcement; Call For Exhibitors and Attendees

MusicNet is pleased to announce a workshop on Music Linked Data, to be held on 12 May 2011, 10:30-16:00. The event will take place at the JISC London meeting rooms (Brettenham House (South Entrance), 5 Lancaster Place, London WC2E 7EN).

The morning will feature presentations by the MusicNet team (University of Southampton; MusicNet), David De Roure (University of Oxford; SALAMI), Simon Dixon (Queen Mary UoL; LinkedBrainz), Nicholas Humfrey (BBC; BBC’s music linked data), and David Flanders (JISC; JISC’s plans for linked data). In the afternoon presenters and other exhibitors will be available to answer questions, offer advice on using linked music data, and provide ‘mini-tutorials’ to attendees.

The event will be of equal interest to:

  • computer scientists with an interest in music;
  • music technologists;
  • music librarians and library scientists;
  • digital humanities scholars and digital musicologists;
  • musicologists planning research projects with an online component or website.

Registration

The workshop is now fully booked – sorry!

However, places may still be available for the AES ‘Music and Semantic Web’ Workshop on 13th May. See http://www.aes.org/events/130/workshops/?ID=2639 for details.

Further Information

Further information and updates about the workshop will be published at http://musicnet.mspace.fm/blog/music-linked-data-workshop/ in due course. If you have any questions, please email David at D.Bretherton@soton.ac.uk.

 

MusicNet at SDH 2010

12 Nov

Austrian Parliament Building

Last month I was very pleased to be able to present the work of the musicSpace and MusicNet research teams at the Supporting the Digital Humanities 2010 conference (Vienna, 19-20 October 2010), which was jointly organized by CLARIN and DARIAH. The musicology session was convened by PhD student Richard Lewis, and also featured presentations by Alan Marsden and Frans Wiering. Our paper explained how the motivation for MusicNet came out of our previous work on the musicSpace project.

Please download the slides from our presentation below, and take a look at the other presentations from the conference at http://www.dariah.eu/index.php?option=com_docman&Itemid=200.

 
 

MusicNet at AHM 2010

13 Oct
City Hall, Cardiff

City Hall, Cardiff

Last month at the UK e-Science All Hands Meeting 2010 at City Hall in Cardiff (13-16 September 2010), we gave our first conference paper about the MusicNet project. Thank you to everyone that came to our session and asked questions. It was informative to learn that many other delegates have encountered datasets (across a range of subjects, from geography to chess!) in which synonymous entities are not aligned; precisely the problem which the alignment tool we are building for MusicNet aims to address.

A short abstract of our paper is given below, but please also take a look at the extended abstract and our presentation slides:

Thank you to the organising committee and administrators for making the event run so smoothly.

ABSTRACT: The MusicNet Composer URI Project
Daniel Alexander Smith, David Bretherton, Joe Lambert, and mc schraefel

In any domain, a key activity of researchers is to search for and synthesize data from multiple sources in order to create new knowledge. In many cases this process is laborious, to the point of making certain questions nearly intractable because the cost of the searches outstrips the time available to complete the research. As more resources are published as Linked Data, data from multiple heterogeneous sources should be more rapidly discoverable and automatically integrable, enabling previously intractable queries to be explored, and standard queries to be significantly accelerated for more rapid knowledge discovery. But Linked Data is not of itself a complete solution. One of the key challenges of Linked Data is that its strength is also a weakness: anyone can publish anything. So in classical music, for instance, 17 sources may publish data about ‘Schubert’, but there is no de facto way to know that any of these Schuberts are the same, because the sources are not aligned. Without alignment, much of the benefit of Linked Data is diminished: resources can effectively be stranded rather than discovered, or tangled nets of only guessed at associations in a particular dataset can end up costing more than their value to untangle.

The MusicNet project, which emerged out of Southampton’s musicSpace project, is set to address the challenge just outlined by “minting” URIs for key musicology assets to provide a framework for the effective exploration of Linked Data about classical music. Unique URIs will be minted for each composer that exists in our data partners’ datasets. Basic biographical data will also be exposed, as well as name variants in different sources to allow for compatibility with legacy data. Crucially, this information will be curated by domain experts so that MusicNet will become a reliable source of data about the names of classical music composers. However, the real benefit of this work is that it will align identifiers across data sources, which is a prerequisite for the creation of Linked Data classical music and musicology resources, if such resources are to be optimally useful and usable.

The establishment of authoritative URIs for composers, and moreover the disambiguation of composers in online data sources that will flow from this, is an essential first step in the provision of Linked Data services for classical music and musicology. Our work will provide a model and tools that can usefully be employed elsewhere.