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MEI Metadata Working Meeting Invitation2020-05-23 23:15:00 +0000

Dear friends of MEI metadata,

We hereby cordially invite you to the next MEI Metadata working meeting, which will take place from 2nd to 4th November 2020 at the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz.

With this working meeting we will take up current metadata topics around MEI and plan to continue working on best practice recommendations for specific application scenarios of MEI metadata, such as work catalogues, source descriptions, etc. Since the meeting serves as an opportunity for professional exchange according MEI metadata, participants are welcome to suggest issues that should be discussed during the meeting.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will decide at the end of September whether the meeting can take place physically or whether we switch to a virtual format or even to a hybrid meeting just in case of travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19.

Registration:

If you would like to participate in the workshop, please register by e-mail (to kristina.richts@uni-paderborn.de and/or Margrethe.Bue@nb.no) until September 30th. Please indicate if your participation will be physical or digital.

In case you would like to suggest issues for discussion, please let us know as soon as possible. If there are any questions concerning the meeting, we will be happy to answer them.

Best wishes and stay healthy,

Margrethe Støkken Bue and Kristina Richts
Co-Chairs of the MEI Metadata and Cataloging Interest Group

Digital Humanities in Early Music Research I - Session II: Early Music Databases and Encoding2020-05-23 22:45:00 +0000

A free, open to the public, series of conferences and workshops focusing on the use of digital humanities in early music research will be offered online at the end of June. The Session II of the Digital Humanities in Early Music Research I series will focus on databases and encoding of early music.

Led by two members of the Music Encoding Initiative Board, Elsa de Luca (administrative chair) and Martha E. Thomae, Session II will consist of two presentations and two workshops (see the following program). Reservation is required, please contact the coordinator Jana Franková (frankova@mua.cas.cz) and Hana Vlhová-Wörmer (vlhova@mua.cas.cz) jointly to reserve your place.

Presentation I: MEI for Encoding Mensural Music – A Survey

Monday, June 22nd, 16–17h (GMT+2)

A peculiarity of mensural notation is the context-dependent nature of the duration of the notes. Mensural pieces are commonly written in separate parts, a layout that does not allow us to visualize the vertical sonorities and appreciate the polyphonic texture of the piece. Although many mensural pieces are encoded in symbolic formats (e.g., MusicXML and MIDI), these files tend to encode the modern transcription of the piece rather than its original (mensural) values. MEI, instead, allows encoding mensural music in the original notation through its Mensural Module. This presentation showcases some projects that have worked on encoding mensural music in MEI. The common goal of these projects is to present the mensural pieces as scores in the original notation. The MEI representation allows visualizing the vertical sonorities (which are hindered by the separate-parts layout of the original sources) while still maintaining the notation of the sources, thus avoiding to lose some important details of the notation in modern transcriptions.

Workshop I: Introduction to MEI

Wednesday, June 24th, 16–19h15 (GMT+2)

General introduction to MEI (Music Encoding Initiative) and the elements and attributes of the Neumes and Mensural modules.

Presentation II: The Portuguese Early Music Database

Monday, June 29th, 16–17h (GMT+2)

This presentation introduces a large project on Digital Humanities started about ten years ago by Manuel Pedro Ferreira at the NOVA University of Lisbon. The Portuguese Early Music Database is a digital library of Iberian (mainly Portuguese) manuscripts with musical notation written before c. 1650. In PEM, every manuscript is given in full-color reproduction accompanied by a codicological description. Additionally, the musical contents of all fragments—and a selection of codices with monophonic or polyphonic music as well—are fully indexed. Crucially, plainchant in PEM is indexed following the Cantus Index system and, as such, the PEM Database is connected to other international medieval music databases by means of unique Cantus ID numbers. I will discuss the search capabilities of PEM, its contents, and all the challenges related to the development and implementation of such a unique project in early music.

Workshop II: Hands-on MEI Encoding

Tuesday, June 30th, 16–19h15 (GMT+2)

Presentation of MEI encoding for chant and mensural notations from different areas of Western Europe. Followed by an open discussion of coding examples of the Jistebnický kancionál manuscript.

Registration for Music Encoding workshop in October in Nashville, TN2019-09-03 12:00:00 +0000

Registration for the MEI workshop and hackathon at Vanderbilt University is now open! Register (free) at bit.ly/vandy-mei by 17 October 2019. The tentative schedule is listed below.

  2019 Music Encoding Workshop  
Date Event Location
Thursday, October 24    
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Introduction to the MEI, Part I — Johannes Kepper Cohen Hall 203
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Reception Cohen Hall Foyer
Friday, October 25    
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m Introduction to the MEI, Part II - Johannes Kepper Cohen Hall 203
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch  
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hackathon, Part I Cohen Hall 203
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Digital Cultural Heritage at Vanderbilt Cohen Hall 203
Saturday, October 26    
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Hackathon, Part II Cohen Hall 203
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch  
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hackathon, Part III Cohen Hall 203
Sunday, October 27    
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Hackathon, Part IV Cohen Hall 204
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch  

Watch for updates at the Music Encoding Initiative website. Please address questions to workshop2019@music-encoding.org.

Music Encoding workshop in October in Nashville, TN2019-08-09 01:00:00 +0000

Save the date! Vanderbilt University will hold a Music Encoding workshop & hackathon in Nashville, TN on 24-27 October 2019.

The workshop will introduce MEI to newcomers and offer workshops for advanced users. Register (free) by October 17. The workshop will be led by members of the Music Encoding Initiative Board and Technical Team.

Those new to MEI will learn how to use the Music Encoding Initiative for research, teaching, electronic publishing, and management of digital collections. Major topics will include: basic XML; MEI history and design principles; tools for creating and editing MEI data and metadata; MEI-based workflows; using Verovio.

Each day will include lectures, hands-on encoding practice, and opportunities to address participant specific issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring example material they would like to encode. No previous experience with MEI or XML is required for this track, but an understanding of music notation and other markup schemes, such as TEI and HTML, will be helpful.

For software developers and advanced users interested in creating software and documentation for authoring, editing, converting, querying, and rendering encoded music data, the workshop will offer opportunities to share ideas and tools with members of the Technical Team and other members of the community.

Please address questions to info at music-encoding.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

MEC Proceedings 2015 to 2017 published2019-08-08 07:00:00 +0000

We are pleased to announced that the Music Encoding Conference Proceedings for the years 2015 (Tours), 2016 (Montreal) and 2017 (Tours) are published now.

The proceedings hold a total of nineteen contributions from Serafina Beck, Axel Berndt, Benjamin W. Bohl, David Burn, Xuanli Chen, Jim DeLaHunt, Giuliano Di Bacco, Norbert Dubowy, Ichiro Fujinaga, Andrew Hankinson, Jane Harrison, Andrew Horwitz, Yu-Hui Huang, Johannes Kepper, Farhan Khalid, Reiner Krämer, Debra Lewis Lacoste, David Lewis, Jacob Olley, Kevin Page, Anna Plaksin, Perry Roland, Nico Schüler, Agnes Seipelt, Rebecca A. Shaw, John A. Stinson, Jason Stoessel, Barbara Swanson, Richard Sänger, Radu Timofte, Luc Van Gool, Raffaele Viglianti, and Jan-Peter Voigt, plus a foreword by Giuliano Di Bacco. They are available from https://doi.org/10.15463/music-1.

We would like to thank the authors for their wonderful and very diverse contributions to the field of music encoding. We also thank the Bavarian State Library in Munich for their assistance and for taking care of the long-term preservation of the publication. Finally, we thank everyone else involved in the preparation of this volume.

The editors
Giuliano Di Bacco, Perry Roland and Johannes Kepper

First Draft of MEI Basic2019-05-31 07:30:00 +0000

The MEI Community is pleased to announce the first draft version of MEI Basic, a simplified profile of MEI intended to support data interchange both within MEI and with other encoding formats.

MEI Basic has been discussed at several occasions over the past three years. It intends to simplify MEI so that every feature can only be expressed in one specific way, and also removes all editorial or analytical possibilities, as well as the integration of facsimiles and recordings. What is left is a small core of MEI’s features, that falls in the range of other encoding formats and thus allows an easier transformation.

There are still aspects that need discussion, including the question of how much metadata should be allowed or required by MEI Basic.

The development of MEI Basic happens at a separate branch of the MEI repository at https://github.com/music-encoding/music-encoding/tree/basic.

Everyone from the MEI Community and beyond is invited to have a look at the current state of the customization, the derived RelaxNG schema, a sample encoding, and participate in the discussions necessary to finalize MEI Basic.

Registration open for MEC 20192019-03-01 08:30:00 +0000

The registration to the Music Encoding Conference 2019, 29 May to 1 June 2019 at the University of Vienna is now open!

Head to the conference webpage for registering and accessing information about the program, travel and accommodation.

Please note that early bird registration ends on 1 April. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

For more information please visit https://music-encoding.org/conference/2019/

Extended deadline for CfP MEC 20192018-12-06 08:30:00 +0000

The Music Encoding Conference 2019 calls for paper, poster, panel, and workshop proposals to be submitted by the extended deadline of 16 December 2018.

For more information please visit https://music-encoding.org/conference/2019/

MEI 4.0 Schema Released2018-11-01 12:00:00 +0000

The Board of the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) is pleased to announce the availability of the MEI 4.0 Schema. The MEI is an international collaborative effort to capture the semantics of music notation documents as machine-readable data. For more information about MEI, please visit https://music-encoding.org.

This release comes after two years of extensive community consultation and development, and we thank all of the contributors in the community who have provided valuable input, feedback, critique, and development.

These conversations have resulted in the most collaborative music notation schema in history. Although there have been many music notation formats, few have achieved broad consultation and feedback, and even fewer have been co-developed in consultation with such a broad spectrum of stakeholders, from industry partners to librarians, publishers to researchers, and computer scientists to digital humanists. It is our sincere hope that we are able to grow and maintain these collaborations into the future.

Although we are releasing the schema today, there is still work to be done. Along with this release, we are seeking help from the community in updating the guidelines, documentation, tools, and tutorials.

The release of the schema represents the beginning of a transition period, where we will be asking contributors to help us write and expand our documentation, and make MEI more broadly accessible to newcomers and specialists. Over the next few months the technical team will be organizing documentation development “sprints” where we hope members of the community will help contribute content updated to the new specification.

The dates for these sprints will be announced on the MEI-L, and members of the technical team will be available on the MEI Slack channel for consultation and discussion during the sprints. It is our goal to present MEI 4.0, both schema and documentation, to the community at the 2019 Music Encoding Conference in Vienna.

For an overview of the changes in MEI 4.0, please see the Release Notes available on GitHub:

https://github.com/music-encoding/music-encoding/releases/tag/v4.0.0

A detailed overview of the changes in the schema are available here:

https://music-encoding.org/archive/comparison-4.0.html

Call for proposals for MEC 20192018-10-29 12:00:00 +0000

The call for the Music Encoding Conference 2019 is now online! Submissions for papers, posters, panels, and workshops concerning development or application of music encodings in work and research are highly welcomed.

For more information please visit www.music-encoding.org/conference/2019/

Call for organization for MEC 20202018-04-16 12:00:00 +0000

The MEI Board invites proposals for the organization of the 8th edition of the annual Music Encoding Conference, to be held in 2020.

You will find more information about the hosting guidelines at http://music-encoding.org/conference/hosting-guidelines.html. Proposals have to be sent by August 1st 2018.

Registration open for MEC 20182018-03-08 12:08:18 +0000

The registration to the Music Encoding Conference 2018, 22-25 May 2018 at the University of Maryland is now open!

Head to the conference webpage for registering and accessing information about the program, travel and accommodation.

Please note that early bird registration ends on April 22nd. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Music Encoding Conference (MEC) venues 2018 and 20192017-08-04 12:08:18 +0000

The venues and dates of the two forthcoming Music Encoding Conferences (MEC) have been announced.

2018: 22 May to 25 May 2018, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL) and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) will host the Music Encoding Conference, May 22 - 25, 2018, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, USA. The University of Maryland’s profile as a top-ranked public research institution, its vibrant music and performing arts culture, and its geographical proximity to Washington DC, make UMD an excellent venue for MEC.

2019: 29 May to 1 June 2019, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

The Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Mozart Institute of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg and the Department of Musicology at the University of Vienna will jointly sponsor the 2019 conference, which will be held at the University of Vienna, in Vienna, Austria, May 29 - June 1, 2019. As the “world capital of music”, a leading center of research, and a university city, Vienna is an ideal location for the conference.

Additional information about deadlines for submitting proposals, the organization of the conferences, etc. will be published early. Everyone interested in music encoding and related fields of work is welcome!

MEI Workshop Announcement2017-07-21 12:08:18 +0000

A free, three-day, hands-on MEI workshop will be offered Monday, October 2nd 2017 at the University of Virginia Library in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Led by members of the Music Encoding Initiative Board and Technical Team, the workshop will consist of two parallel tracks – “Introduction to MEI” and “Advanced MEI”.

“Introduction to MEI” In this track, those new to MEI will learn how to use the Music Encoding Initiative for research, teaching, electronic publishing, and management of digital collections. Major topics include

Each day will include lectures, hands-on encoding practice, and opportunities to address participant specific issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring example material they would like to encode. No previous experience with MEI or XML is required for this track, but an understanding of music notation and other markup schemes, such as TEI and HTML, will be helpful.

“Advanced MEI” The intended audience for this track is software developers interested in creating software for authoring, editing, converting, querying, and rendering encoded music data. Topics to be covered include

Proficiency in one or more programming languages as well as significant experience with music notation and XML development are required for participation in the advanced track. Due to the generous support of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, there is no cost for attending the workshop. However, each participant must bear his/her own travel, housing, and food costs.

Light refreshments will be provided. To register, visit https://goo.gl/forms/spXfAkzI7Qe1XaKx1 (for the introductory track) or https://goo.gl/forms/xaM0P4Ge5zOKrWKA2 (for the advanced track) before September 1, 2017. The number of participants is limited, so register early! Please address questions to info@music-encoding.org.

Program of the Music Encoding Conference 20172017-03-14 12:08:18 +0000

The program of the conference is now available. See http://music-encoding.org/community/conference/tours17/program/.

MEI Board: Call for candidates2016-11-21 12:08:18 +0000

On December 31, 2016, the terms of three MEI board members will come to an end. The entire Board wishes to thank Axel Teich Geertinger, Eleanor Selfridge-Field, and Johannes Kepper for their dedication to the MEI community.

Additional gratitude is due Johannes for his leadership as Chair of the Board. In order to fill these soon-to-be-vacant positions, elections must be held. The election process will take place in accordance with the Music Encoding Initiative By-Laws.[1]

Nominations

Election

The selection of Board members is an opportunity for each of you to have a voice in determining the future of MEI. Keep MEI open!

Benjamin Bohl MEI Elections Officer 2016 by appointment of the MEI-Board

[1] The By-laws of the Music Encoding Initiative are available online at: http://music-encoding.org/community/mei-organization/mei-by-laws/

MEC 2017 Call for Proposals Published2016-10-14 12:08:18 +0000

The call for proposals for the Music Encoding Conference 2017 is now live! Proposals for papers, posters, panel discussions, and pre-conference workshops are encouraged.

Save the date: MEC 20172016-05-26 12:08:18 +0000

Now it is official: The Music Encoding Conference 2017 will take place from May 16th-19th, 2017 at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) based at the Université François-Rabelais Tours.

MEC 2016 Call for Proposals Published2015-07-21 12:08:18 +0000

The call for proposals for the Music Encoding Conference 2016 is now live! 

Proposals for papers, posters, panel discussions, and pre-conference workshops are encouraged. As well, we’ve updated the important dates for the conference: 31 October 2015: Deadline for abstract submissions 15 December 2015: Notification of acceptance of submissions 17 May 2016: Pre-conference workshops 18-19 May 2016: Conference 20 May 2016: Un-conference Day Watch the Conference webpage for more information as it comes available.

Save the date: Music Encoding Conference 20162015-06-17 12:08:18 +0000

The Music Encoding Conference 2016 (17-20 May 2016) is being held at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Information about the conference program, venues, and accommodations will be posted to the official conference website.