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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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Progress Update

10 Mar

Its time for a short update on how the project is progressing. We’ve had an incrementally feature-full prototype of our Codex available on our project web since January and we’ve been working hard to improve it. If you haven’t already then head on over to http://musicnet.mspace.fm/codex and search for a composer.

What have we added since January?

Content Negotiation

One of the most important features we’ve added since January is content-negotiation. This enables our Codex to serve up the most appropriate content dependant on the ‘Accept’ header received in the HTTP request. For a more detailed writup see Dan’s blog post on the MusicNet URI Scheme.

A simple example would be:

Franz Schuberts URI is: http://musicnet.mspace.fm/person/7ca5e11353f11c7d625d9aabb27a6174

If we request this from a regular web browser we are dereferenced to the HTML content at: http://musicnet.mspace.fm/person/7ca5e11353f11c7d625d9aabb27a6174.html

However, if we request this URI from a semantic web browser we are dereferenced the RDF content at: http://musicnet.mspace.fm/person/7ca5e11353f11c7d625d9aabb27a6174.rdf

Data Enrichment

We have also been working hard to leverage the data we’ve aligned over the last year to enrich the information provided by our various data partners. Last year we met with the LinkedBrainz team and they provided us with a small set of composer data from MusicBrainz for us to align against. This has allowed us to draw additional information from other open data sources such as the BBC, Wikipedia/DBPedia, IMDB and even the New York Times to provide a more complete representation of the data available about a composer.

This data is available in both the RDF and the HTML representation of the Codex.

e.g. Schubert, Franz (HTML | RDF)

Alignment Progress

Alignment is moving on well and we’re currently at 89%.

What is left to do?

One of the discussions the MusicNet team has been involved in since the start of the project has been data.ac.uk and the need for in perpetuity hosting of URI’s minted by JISC projects.

We’re currently in discussions to be one of the first projects to be able to make use of this domain and hope that by the end of the project we’ll be able to move our Codex and URI’s over to a suitable domain such as musicnet.data.ac.uk. This will ensure that the data we’ve exposed will be available after the project’s end.

MusicNet Workshop

We’re also hosting a small workshop on the 12th May at JISC HQ to try and expose more people to the potential of the MusicNet URI’s. The workshop will also be looking more broadly at the current Music & Linked Data landscape & should cater to a broad audience. It’s filling up very quickly so if you’re interested and haven’t yet made contact please do so soon.

For more details see our announcement

 
 

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 & LinkedBrainz Meetup

25 Oct

Overview

Last Friday the MusicNet team headed to QMUL to meet with Kurt Jacobson & Simon Dixon from the LinkedBrainz project. LinkedBrainz is also funded by the JISC Expose (#jiscexpo) programme and is working, in conjunction with MusicBrainz, to produce an official Linked Data mapping for the MusicBrainz database. You can follow their progress on the project blog at http://linkedbrainz.c4dmpresents.org/.

What does a collaboration look like?

As well as learning a bit more about each others projects we were able to look at a few ways in which we might be able to collaborate over the coming months. We also came away with a data export from the most recent MusicBrainz database for all Classical musicians. This will essentially allow us to link our exposed composer URIs directly to the MusicBrainz (or LinkedBrainz) equivalents. This will greatly increase the utility of our URIs, especially as organisations such as the BBC are already using the MusicBrainz IDs.

Adding “same-as” links to LinkedBrainz is only one side of the solution, ideally it would be great if we could convince the MusicBrainz community to provide the reverse linking. This is likely to be a longer term outcome and one we should approach once the sustainability of URIs issue has been resolved (data.ac.uk?).

How will we align our URIs to LinkedBrainz?

We’ll use out custom built Alignment Tool! Over the last few months we’ve spent quite a while engineering the tool and making sure its as re-usable as possible, we plan to add the LinkedBrainz data as though it were just another partner’s catalog. This means that once our Musicology expert has performed the alignment we’ll not only know the overlaps between our partners catalogs but we’ll also know how they map to MusicBrainz and by proxy to Wikipedia & the BBC etc.