Half-Day PM - An Intro to Music Encoding for Data Driven Scholarship ($10)

Time: 1:00-5:00pm

Facilitators: Anna E. Kijas (Boston College), Sarah Melton (Boston College), Raffaele Viglianti (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland)

Max. participants: 25


Music encoding is a way to create machine readable data about music documents and it has many applications, including long-term preservation, computational analysis, digital editions, and digital publishing. This workshop is part of a multi-institutional effort to create a sustainable workflow for encoding music documents that can be used for music data-driven scholarship. This workshop will introduce new encoders to a straightforward workflow that will generate a MEI file using music notation software, create metadata in the MEI header section, and render a MEI file in a modern browser. While there are a number of music encoding standards available, this workshop will focus on encoding music documents according to the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) guidelines. Participants will use open source tools during this workshop, including MuseScore notation software, Atom Editor, and Verovio. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to generate a MEI file from a music document, create various metadata for a MEI file, know where to locate additional MEI resources, identify and select appropriate tools and software for working with MEI, and render a MEI file. This workshop will not provide in-depth coverage of the MEI guidelines, applying XSLT or schemas, optical music recognition (OMR), other encoding standards, or details of the encoding of the music notation itself, which in this case is left to automatic conversion. This workshop will be most useful to encoders who are new to XML and encoding standards and work with music or performance-related documents in cultural heritage institutions, or in areas such as metadata, preservation, digital humanities, music, and computational musicology.

Please note: this workshop will be most useful to attendees with a basic ability to read music notation.


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