The Music Encoding Conference

18–21 May, 2015
Florence, Italy

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Music encoding is now a prominent feature of various areas in musicology and music librarianship. The encoding of symbolic music data provides a foundation for a wide range of scholarship, and over the last several years, has garnered a great deal of attention in the digital humanities. This conference intends to provide an overview of the current state of data modeling, generation, and use, and aims to introduce new perspectives on topics in the fields of traditional and computational musicology, music librarianship, and scholarly editing, as well as in the broader area of digital humanities.

This conference aims to gather specialists in all the above areas, to discuss the current state of modeling, generation and use of music encoding, to exchange experiences, report on successful projects on major collections and composers, and to forge collaborations for future projects.

The program opens on Monday, May 18th with a pre-conference day devoted to workshops/tutorials on MEI and its application to scholarly publication, followed by two days of papers and poster presentations covering various theoretical and practical issues in research and publishing. The program is completed by a “Hack Day” on Thursday, May 21: an opportunity for everyone interested in using and improving MEI — developers, librarians, musicologists, editors, publishers — to investigate the topics they’re most interested in.