Talks and Poster Presentations (without Proceedings-Entry):
H. Sağlam, A. Hofmann, A. Ahmedaja, T. Miksa, P. Knees:
"Towards an alliance for distributed music data?";
Talk: 45th International Council for Traditional Music World Conference,
This is the title of an ongoing project in which ethnomusicologists and IT experts from Europe and Asia are collaborating in order to create a new "communicative databank".
Many archives and research institutions have until now primarily developed individual ways to collect and store the vast variety of (ethno)musicological data ranging from written sources to audio-visual recordings in different formats with varying additional evidence (metadata). Managing and sharing this data requires researchers to make their data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) to ensure that others can easily find, access, understand, comment on and reuse them in other research contexts while giving credit to every participant who contributes to the creation of the data.
Developments in the computer science domain enable ethnomusicologists to carry out new types of data research. Repositories in which data are shared with others provide new ways of accessing and searching for music data.
In this round table we discuss how ethnomusicological research can benefit from new functionalities facilitated by MIR (music information retrieval) and data repositories. MIR methods are concerned with the analysis, description, indexing and retrieval of all types of information related to music data. A central aspect in our ongoing project is the extraction of features from audio signals to derive musically meaningful descriptors, either by means of hand-crafted rules or from the raw audio signals.
In addition to the technical issues and those of data protection and copyright, a challenging question is connected with how the alliance between music makers and researchers is designed. IT experts involved in our project intend to find new ways of connecting repositories among several research institutions. This new "knowledge environment" will create flexible accessibilities not only for researchers but also for music makers and informants in order to (re)categorize musical "items" and actively contribute towards the establishment of databank creation.
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