[Humanist] 24.191 Music Encoding Initiative

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Tue Jul 13 07:37:10 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 191.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:29:54 -0400
        From: "Nowviskie, Bethany (bpn2f)" <bpn2f at eservices.virginia.edu>
        Subject: Fwd: MEI press release

Congratulations to the MEI (Music Encoding Initiative) Council, on the release of its new schema for recording conceptual and material characteristics of musical notation.  A press release is below.

Bethany Nowviskie, MA Ed, Ph.D
Director, Digital Research & Scholarship, UVA Library
Associate Director, Scholarly Communication Institute

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Mayhood, Erin (elm8s)" <elm8s at eservices.virginia.edu>
> Date: July 12, 2010 12:14:00 PM EDT

The Music Encoding Initiative Council announces the release of MEI 2010-05
– a groundbreaking digital musical notation model.

The MEI Council is pleased to announce the first collaboratively-designed
method for encoding the intellectual and physical characteristics of music
notation documents and their scholarly editorial apparatus. MEI has the
ability to manage complex source situations and will dramatically improve
the search, retrieval and display of notated music online, benefiting music
scholars and performers. Because of MEI’s software independence, the data
format defined by the schema also serves an archival function.

The MEI model is free and available for download at
http://music-encoding.org<http://music-encoding.org/. The site also
offers tutorials, examples, and experimental software for MEI conversion
– more will be available in the near future. Information about the
future of the project and how to get involved are also on the site.

The MEI Council is an international group of scholars, technologists, and
educators representing a broad range of musicological, theoretical, and
pedagogical interests. The Council was created through funding to the
University of Virginia Library and the University of Paderborn from the
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) and the
National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the University of Virginia.

With 14 physical locations as well as the original Rotunda, the . U.Va.
Library contains more than 5 million books, 17 million manuscripts, rare
books and archives, and rapidly growing digital collections. The Library is
a leader in developing collections, tools, and collaborations that foster
scholarship at the University and worldwide. It is known, in particular, for
its strength in American history and literature and its innovation in
digital technologies. The MEI project is a continuation of work begun in
2000 at U.Va.

About the University of Paderborn

The University of Paderborn has a special focus on Computer Science,
exemplified by its Heinz-Nixdorf Institute. Together with the Hochschule
für Musik in Detmold, the University conducts the Seminar for Musicology
where, in 2004 and in cooperation with the Carl Maria von Weber
Complete-Edition project, preliminary work was performed regarding digital
critical editions of music. Its "Edirom" project (also DFG-funded) has been
developing platform-independent solutions for musical editions since 2006.

About the granting agencies

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is the central, self-governing research
funding organization, serving all branches of science and the humanities by
funding research at universities and other publicly financed research
institutions in Germany and facilitating cooperation among investigators.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making
agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research,
education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Any views, finding, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this
program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the
Humanities or the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Erin MayhoodHead, Music Library
Old Cabell Hall
University of Virginia
PO Box 400175
Charlottesville VA 22904-4175
(434) 924-7017
elm8s at virginia.edu<mailto:elm8s at virginia.edu>

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