Digital Libraries for Musicology

The 1st International Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop (DLfM 2014)

12th September 2014 (full day), London, UK

Registration is via City University. See


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.


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.



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