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:


Workshop: Intro to MEI (conducted in Spanish)

Posted Apr 18, 2023

Como parte de las actividades por los diez años de la AAHD organizamos este taller en el marco de la semanaHD 2023! / As part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Asociación Argentina de Humanidades Digitales (AAHD) this event will take place during the week of Digital Humanities 2023.

Call for Pedagogical Resources

Posted Mar 15, 2023

The Digital Pedagogy Interest Group of the Music Encoding Initiative invites the submission of pedagogical resources to encourage the use of music encoding. Pedagogical resources may include tutorial videos, sample lesson plans, slide decks, exercises, assignments, sample encodings that demonstrate various concepts, introduction of useful tools, and crowdsourcing projects. We invite these materials to cover a broad array of topics, including but not limited to hand-encoding, optical music recognition (OMR), metadata creation, encoding for analysis, corpus study, digital collections, digital humanities projects, and incipit creation. We encourage submissions in English and other languages.

MEC and TEI 2023

Posted Feb 22, 2023

The next Music Encoding Conference will be held jointly with the TEI Conference on Monday 4th - Friday 8th September, 2023, at Universität Paderborn in Paderborn, Germany. The Call for Proposals is now open and can be viewed on this webpage.

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