Music Encoding Initiative

The Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) is a community-driven, open-source effort to define a system for encoding musical documents in a machine-readable structure. MEI brings together specialists from various music research communities, including technologists, librarians, historians, and theorists in a common effort to define best practices for representing a broad range of musical documents and structures. The results of these discussions are formalized in the MEI schema, a core set of rules for recording physical and intellectual characteristics of music notation documents expressed as an eXtensible Markup Language (XML) schema. It is complemented by the MEI Guidelines, which provide detailed explanations of the components of the MEI model and best practices suggestions. Read more …

MEI is hosted by the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz.

If you want to become an active MEI member, you are invited to read more about the MEI community and how to join us. You are also invited to contribute to the development of MEI on GitHub, either submitting issues or making pull requests to solve these issues.

MEI is sponsored by the following Institutional Members:


Registration open for MEC 2021

Posted May 28, 2021

The registration to the Music Encoding Conference 2021, 19-22 July 2021 at the University of Alicante / Online is now open!

Digital Humanities in Early Music Research, 2021/1: OMR-capable chant editors

Posted Mar 14, 2021

The Digital Humanities in Early Music Research series of the Old Myths New Facts project (Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences) presents its first workshop in 2021. The aim of this workshop is to teach participants how to use current software tools capable of optical music recognition (OMR) for processing plainchant manuscripts. Hands-on work is planned!

MEC2021 postponed to July 2021

Posted Dec 18, 2020

Dear MEI community,

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