Digital Libraries for Musicology 2015

2nd International Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop (DLfM 2015)

24th June 2015 (afternoon), Knoxville, TN, USA

co-hosted with the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2015
Proceedings publication supported by Transforming Musicology and the University of Oxford e-Research Centre


The proceedings are now available in the ACM Digital Library:


The workshop will be held in Room CONF 403.

15:00 Welcome and opening remarks
  Session 1 (chair: Ben Fields)
  Multi-Media in the Long Eighteenth Century Short paper John Wallace, Scott M. Sanders and Mark Boettcher
15:20 Expert-guided semantic linking of music-library metadata for study and reuse Full paper David M. Weigl, David Lewis, Tim Crawford and Kevin Page
15:50 And We Did It Our Way: A Case for Crowdsourcing in a Digital Library for Musicology Full paper David Bainbridge
16:20 On organising multimedia performance corpora for musicological study using Linked Data Short paper Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, David Weigl and Kevin Page
16:40 Coffee break
  Session 2 (chair: Kevin Page)
16:50 A Case Study in Pragmatism: exploring the practical failure modes of Linked Data as applied to classical music catalogues Short paper Ben Fields, Sam Phippen and Brad Cohen
17:10 Music and Science: Parallels in Production Short paper David De Roure, Graham Klyne, Kevin Page, John Pybus and David Weigl
17:30 Where the hell is my one-stop music digital library?: 30 years of searching for music, and failing Invited talk J. Stephen Downie
18:00 Closing remarks


  • 2015-05-27: Acceptance of papers have now been issued and so we would like to invite submission of posters describing in-progress and/or late-breaking work. Submissions should be in the form of a 200-word abstract and corresponding author contact details to be submitted by email to by Thursday 18 June (23:59 UTC-11). We will inform authors of acceptance within two working days of receipt.
    Registration for the workshop and the main conference is still open. See for details.
  • 2015-05-14: Please note there have been some changes to the JCDL schedule and the DLfM workshop will now be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 24th June
  • 2015-04-20: Deadline for final papers extended to Sunday 26th April; however draft papers (at least title, authors, and abstract) must be submitted to EasyChair by Wednesday 22nd April.
  • 2015-04-16: Submission is now open at:
  • 2015-03-30: We are pleased to announce that the DLfM 2015 proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the ICPS series.


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.


Workshop: 24th June 2015 (afternoon)
Late-breaking poster submission deadline: 18th June 2015 (23:59 UTC-11), notification within two working days of receipt
Camera ready submission deadline: 1st June 2015 (14:00 UTC)
Notification of acceptance: 22nd May 2015
Final paper submission deadline: 26th April 2015 (23:59 UTC-11)
Draft paper submission deadline: 22nd April 2015 (23:59 UTC-11)


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.

This will be the second edition of DLfM following a very successful and well received workshop at Digital Libraries 2014, giving an opportunity for the community to present and discuss developments in the last year that tackle the agenda that emerged in London. In particular we encourage participants to consider the theme of the main conference - "Large, Dynamic and Ubiquitous" - and how this properties are reflected in Music Digital Libraries and their application to musicology.

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, particularly in light of the transformative methods and applications emerging from musicology and "Large, Dynamic, and Ubiquitous" collections of both audio and music related data;
  • to set the agenda for work in the field to address these new challenges and opportunities.


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

  • Music Digital Libraries.
  • Digital Libraries in consideration of "Large, Dynamic and Ubiquitous" collections of audio and music related data.
  • Techniques for locating and accessing music in Very Large Digital Libraries (e.g. HathiTrust, Internet Archive).
  • 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.
  • 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, and for their access and organisation.
  • Optical Music Recognition.
  • Ontologies and categorisation of musics and music artefacts.


We invite full papers (up to 8 pages) or short and position papers (up to 4 pages). Papers will be peer reviewed by 2-3 members of the programme committee.

Please produce your paper using the ACM template and submit it in draft to DLfM on EasyChair by 22nd April 2015 and the final version before 26th April 2015 (see IMPORTANT DATES above).

Accepted papers will be included in our proceedings, which will be published in the ACM Digital Libraries as part of the ICPS series

The proceedings of last year's workshop, DLfM 2014, can be found 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 Type 1 font 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 a date, preceding the camera ready deadline, which will be confirmed in due course (see IMPORTANT DATES above).

ACM template:
Contact email:



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

Publicity and proceedings

Richard Lewis, Goldsmiths University of London

Programme Committee

Richard Chesser, British Library
Rachel Cowgill, University of Huddersfield
Julia Craig-Mcfeely, University of Oxford
Tim Crawford, Goldsmiths University of London
Dave De Roure, University of Oxford
Jürgen Diet, Bavarian State Library
Matthew Dovey, JISC
J. Stephen Downie, University of Illinois
Ichiro Fujinaga, McGill University
Andrew Hankinson, McGill University
Charlie Inskip, University College London
David Lewis, Goldsmiths, University of London
Laurent Pugin, RISM Switzerland
Carolin Rindfleisch, University of Oxford
Mohamed Sordo, Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Raffaele Viglianti, University of Maryland
Tillman Weyde, City University London


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