Explorations in Linked Data practice for early music corpora

Crawford, Tim; Fields, Ben; Lewis, David and Page, Kevin R.. 2014. 'Explorations in Linked Data practice for early music corpora'. In: Digital Libraries 2014. London, United Kingdom 8 - 12 September 2014. [Conference or Workshop Item]

Text (Explorations in Linked Data practice for early music corpora)
COM-Lewis2014.pdf - Submitted Version

Download (851kB) | Preview

Abstract or Description

Exploring connections between pieces, people and places and relating them to culture as a whole is a central activity of musicology. As libraries increase the availability of musical information in digital form, the data available for such research also expands, but to take such resources together and combine them with others that are relevant a further step of alignment and linkage is needed. We describe here the process and tools we applied to two corpora of early modern music: Early Music Online, which comprises catalogue metadata in MarcXML and facsimile images for approximately 8,500 items of early printed music; and the Electronic Corpus of Lute Music, containing over 1,000 pieces with supporting metadata. A supervised process with automated elements assists the musicologist to create a linked and extensible knowledge structure, aligning entities within and between corpora and to external Linked Data. Finally, we reflect upon how we believe these methods integrate with, and indeed form a crucial element of, the transformed process of modern digital scholarship.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Additional Information:

The authors are supported by the AHRC-funded Transforming Musicology; research reported here was funded as a mini project by the EPSRC Semantic Media Network. EMO was funded by JISC, and ECOLM by the AHRB and AHRC.


linked data; semantic web; Musicology

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Computing > Intelligent Sound and Music Systems (ISMS)


March 2014Submitted
8 September 2014Published

Event Location:

London, United Kingdom

Date range:

8 - 12 September 2014

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

04 Apr 2014 14:33

Last Modified:

21 Dec 2022 14:32



View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)