Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop, 2014


Many thanks to the more than 40 attendees and presenters at DLfM 2014 who made it the lively and successful event it was!

The workshop proceedings are now online in the ACM Digital Library. The Transforming Musicology Challenge was won by Charalampos Saitis, Andrew Hankinson and Ichiro Fujinaga for their paper on "Correcting Large-Scale OMR Data with Crowdsourcing", while the award for the best paper read by a student went to Carolin Rindfleisch for her paper with Laurence Dreyfus on "Using Digital Libraries in the Research of the Reception and Interpretation of Richard Wagner's Leitmotifs".

We will be submitting a proposal to DLfM 2015 to be co-located with JCDL 2015 -- more news as it comes!

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DLfM 2014 will be held in Room DLG03 in the Social Sciences Building on the City University Northampton Square campus. Please see this link for directions. The workshop will start promptly at 9am and run through to 5.30pm; lunch and coffee are provided. A pre-print of the proceedings can be found on the main Digital Libraries 2014 conference memory stick and will appear shortly on the ACM DL as an ICPS issue.

09:00 Welcome (Kevin Page and Ben Fields)
  Session chair: Ben Fields
09:05 A Musical Progression with Greenstone: How Music Content Analysis and Linked Data is Helping Redefine the Boundaries to a Music Digital Library Full Paper David Bainbridge, Xiao Hu, J. Stephen Downie
09:30 Building listening experience Linked Data through crowd-sourcing and reuse of library data Full Paper Simon Brown, Alessandro Adamou, Helen Barlow, Mathieu D'Aquin
09:55 An analysis and storage system for music research datasets Short Paper Alastair Porter, Xavier Serra
10:10 Improving OMR for Digital Music Libraries with Multiple Recognisers and Multiple Sources Full Paper Victor Padilla, Alan Marsden, Alex McLean, Kia Ng
10:35 Introduction to SIMSSA (Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis) Short Paper Ichiro Fujinaga, Andrew Hankinson, Julie Cumming
10:50 Coffee (20 mins) and poster setup
  Session chair: Kevin Page
11:10 Telemeta: An open-source web framework for ethnomusicological audio archives management and automatic analysis Full Paper Thomas Fillon, Joséphine Simonnot, Marie-France Mifune, Stéphanie Khoury, Guillaume Pellerin, Estelle Amy de La Bretèque, David Doukhan, Dominique Fourer, Jean-Luc Rouas, Julien Pinquier, Claude Barras
11:35 Creating Corpora for Computational Research in Arab-Andalusian Music Short Paper Mohamed Sordo, Amin Chaachoo, Xavier Serra
11:50 Towards the creation of digital library content to study aspects of style in Irish traditional music Short Paper Munevver Kokuer, Daithí Kearney, Islah Ali-Maclachlan, Peter Jancovic, Cham Athwal
12:05 A Corpora for Computational Research of Turkish Makam Music Full Paper Burak Uyar, Hasan Sercan Atlı, Sertan Şentürk, Barış Bozkurt, Xavier Serra
12:30 Prospects for A Big Data History of Music Short Paper Stephen Rose, Sandra Tuppen
12:45 Big Data for Musicology Short Paper Tillman Weyde, Stephen Cottrell, Jason Dykes, Emmanouil Benetos, Daniel Wolff, Dan Tidhar, Nicolas Gold, Samer Abdallah, Mark Plumbley, Simon Dixon, Mathieu Barthet, Mahendra Mahey, Adam Tovell, Aquiles Alancar-Brayner
13:00 Administravia: evening arrangements
13:00 Lunch and posters
  RISM: Expansion and Use of a Major Online Source Catalog Poster Klaus Keil, Laurent Pugin
  The Opera and Ballet Primary Source Index: a model for simplified data management in support of musicological research in the digital environment Poster David Day, Brian Rennick
  Automatic identification of the Persian musical modes in audio musical signals Poster Peyman Heydarian
  Session chair: David Bainbridge
14:00 The HathiTrust Corpus: A Digital Library for Musicology Research? Full Paper J. Stephen Downie, Kirstin Dougan, Sayan Bhattacharyya, Colleen Fallaw
14:25 Incremental Dataset Definition for Large Scale Musicological Research Full Paper Daniel Wolff, Dan Tidhar, Emmanouil Benetos, Edouard Dumon, Srikanth Cherla, Tillman Weyde
14:50 Authority and Judgement in the Digital Archive Full Paper Alan Dix, Rachel Cowgill, Christina Bashford, Simon McVeigh, Rupert Ridgewell
15:15 Executable Music Documents Short Paper David De Roure
15:30 Coffee and posters
15:50 Transforming Musicology Challenge Panel (10 minutes position statement with following panel discussion) Panel chair: Tim Crawford
  Introducing the LEMC: How to build an Early Music Research Infrastructure Challenge Paper Marnix van Berchum
  Correcting Large-Scale OMR Data with Crowdsourcing Challenge Paper Charalampos Saitis, Andrew Hankinson, Ichiro Fujinaga
  A Picture is Worth a Thousand Songs: Exploring Visual Aspects of Music Challenge Paper Alexander Schindler
  ManUScript Italian poEtry in muSic (1500-1700) interoperable model: a case study of application of FRBRoo, Linked Open Data and Semantic Web techniques Challenge Paper Cecilia Luzzi
  The Life and Works of Thomas Whythorne (1528-96): An opportunity for computer-assisted collaborative research Challenge Paper Michael Gale
  Using Digital Libraries in the Research of the Reception and Interpretation of Richard Wagner's Leitmotifs Challenge Paper Laurence Dreyfus, Carolin Rindfleisch
17:20 Transforming Musicology Challenge prize award and closing remarks
17:30 Administravia: Prospects for future workshops
17:35 Retire to pub for further discussions



  • 27/08/2014: The programme has been updated with poster presentations.
  • 22/08/2014: The programme is now online, just below this section.
  • 25/06/2014: Deadline Extension. The deadline for submission has been extended to 02/07/2014 (23:59 UTC-11). To take advantage of this extension please ensure you submit your abstract to Easychair by the original deadline of 27/06/2014. (Further extensions cannot be guaranteed; please contact the chairs via
  • 16/06/2014: We are open for submissions on Easychair.
  • 11/06/2014: We are pleased to announce the addition of the Transforming Musicology Prize, including the chance to win an iPad Mini. Full details below.
  • 05/06/2014: Full programme committee announced below.
  • 21/05/2014: DLfM proceedings will be included in the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) and published through the ACM Digital Library.



Many Digital Libraries have long offered facilities to provide multimedia content, including music. However there is now an ever more urgent need to specifically support the distinct multiple forms of music, the links between them, and the surrounding scholarly context, as required by the transformed and extended methods being applied to musicology and the wider Digital Humanities.

The Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM) workshop presents a venue specifically for those working on, and with, Digital Library systems and content in the domain of music and musicology. This includes Music Digital Library systems, their application and use in musicology, technologies for enhanced access and organisation of musics in Digital Libraries, bibliographic and metadata for music, intersections with music Linked Data, and the challenges of working with the multiple representations of music across large-scale digital collections such as the Internet Archive and HathiTrust.


Abstract submission deadline: 27th June 2014
Paper submission deadline (extended): 2nd July 2014 (23:59 UTC-11)
Notification of acceptance: 30th July 2014
Registration deadline for one author per paper: 11th August 2014 (14:00 UTC)
Camera ready submission deadline: 11th August 2014 (14:00 UTC)


DLfM will focus on the implications of music on Digital Libraries and Digital Libraries research when pushing the boundaries of contemporary musicology, including the application of techniques as reported in more technologically oriented fora such as ISMIR and ICMC.

DLfM also provides a venue for reflecting upon and and reassesing Music Digital Libraries more than a decade since the last dedicated workshop on “Music Information Retrieval (MIR) and Music Digital Library (MDL) Evaluation”, held at JCDL 2002, which was instrumental in the development and evaluation of technical methods now widespread in these research communities.

The workshop objectives are:

  • to act as a forum for reporting, presenting, and evaluating this work and disseminating new approaches to advance the discipline;
  • to create a venue for critically and constructively evaluating and verifying the operation of Music Digital Libraries and the applications and findings that flow from them;
  • to consider the suitability of existing Music Digital Libraries as they have evolved over the last decade since the JCDL 2002 workshop, particularly in light of the transformative methods and applications emerging from musicology;
  • to set the agenda for work in the field to address these new challenges and opportunities.



What will the next generation of musicologists be studying? And how will they carry out their research? What part will digital technology play in the musicology of the future and how will future musicologists be using digital libraries?

The Transforming Musicology Challenge solicits short position paper submissions to DLfM that describe, in detail, a musicology investigation or scenario that uses, or might use in the future, the technologies relevant to DLfM (listed in the Topics section below). The ideal entry would describe speculative work that one could envision being conducted by current researcher's successors. While the primary focus of Challenge papers should be musicological scholarship, authors are encouraged to relate research questions to the technical challenges that must be addressed. Entries should follow all other requirements of the DLfM Call for Papers and use the Transforming Musicology Challenge submission category via Easychair. Challenge papers will be peer reviewed by the same process as general short papers; a prize winning paper will then be selected by the Senior Programme Committee from the top ranking accepted papers in the category. The lead author of the prize winning paper will be invited to expand their entry into a chapter for the forthcoming Transforming Musicology book and win an Apple iPad Mini generously donated by the Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London.


Topics of interest for the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Music Digital Libraries.
  • Music data representations, including manuscripts/scores and audio.
  • Interfaces and access mechanisms for Music Digital Libraries.
  • Digital Libraries in support of musicology and other scholarly study; novel requirements and methodologies therein.
  • Digital Libraries for combination of resources in support of musicology (e.g. combining audio, scores, bibliographic, geographic, ethnomusicology, performance, etc.)
  • User information needs and behaviour for Music Digital Libraries.
  • Identification/location of music (in all forms) in generic Digital Libraries.
  • Techniques for locating and accessing music in Very Large Digital Libraries (e.g. HathiTrust, Internet Archive).
  • Mechanisms for combining multi-form music content within and between Digital Libraries and other digital resources.
  • Information literacies for Music Digital Libraries.
  • Metadata and metadata schemas for music.
  • Application of Linked Data and Semantic Web techniques to Music Digital Libraries.
  • Optical Music Recognition.
  • Ontologies and categorisation of musics and music artefacts.



We invite full papers (up to 8 pages) or position papers (up to 3 pages). Papers will be peer reviewed by 2-3 members of the programme committee.

Please produce your paper using the ACM template and submit to DLfM on EasyChair by 27th June 2014 (see IMPORTANT DATES above).

Accepted papers will be included in our proceedings which will be published as part of the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) and included in the ACM Digital Library.

All submitted papers must:

  • be written in English;
  • contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;
  • be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings template with a font size no smaller than 9pt;
  • be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and formatted for A4 size.


It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that their submissions adhere strictly to the required format. Submissions that do not comply with the above guidelines may be rejected without review.

Please note that at least one author from each accepted paper must attend the workshop to present their work, and in addition must be registered for the workshop by 11th August 2014 (see IMPORTANT DATES above).

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Kevin Page, University of Oxford
Ben Fields, Goldsmiths University of London

Senior Programme Committee

David Bainbridge, University of Waikato
Tim Crawford, Goldsmiths University of London
Julia Craig-McFeely, University of Oxford
Matthew Dovey, Jisc
J. Stephen Downie, University of Illinois
Ichiro Fujinaga, McGill University
Charlie Inskip, University College London
Tillman Weyde, City University London

Programme Committee

David De Roure, University of Oxford
Jürgen Diet, Bavarian State Library
Jon Dunn, Indiana University
David Lewis, Goldsmiths University of London
Laurent Pugin, RISM Switzerland
Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology
Stephen Rose, Royal Holloway University of London
Mohamed Sordo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Sandra Tuppen, British Library
Marnix van Berchum, Utrecht University and KNAW-DANS
Raffaele Viglianti, University of Maryland
Frans Wiering, Utrecht University


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