5th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology, Paris 2018


Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), Paris, France.


Many Digital Libraries have long offered facilities to provide multimedia content, including music. However there is now an ever more urgent need to specifically support the distinct multiple forms of music, the links between them, and the surrounding scholarly context, as required by the transformed and extended methods being applied to musicology and the wider Digital Humanities.

The Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM) conference presents a venue specifically for those working on, and with, Digital Library systems and content in the domain of music and musicology. This includes Music Digital Library systems, their application and use in musicology, technologies for enhanced access and organisation of musics in Digital Libraries, bibliographic and metadata for music, intersections with music Linked Data, and the challenges of working with the multiple representations of music across large-scale digital collections such as the Internet Archive and HathiTrust.

This, the fifth Digital Libraries for Musicology conference, follows previous workshops in London, Knoxville, New York, and Shanghai. In 2018, DLfM is again proud to be a satellite event of the annual International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) conference also being held in Paris, and in particular encourages reports on the use of MIR methods and technologies within Music Digital Library systems when applied to the pursuit of musicological research.

Scope and objectives

DLfM will focuses on the implications of music for Digital Libraries and Digital Libraries research when pushing the boundaries of contemporary musicology, including the application of techniques as reported in more technologically-oriented fora such as ISMIR and ICMC.

This will be the fifth edition of DLfM following very successful and well received previous workshops (in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017), giving an opportunity for the community to present and discuss recent developments that address the challenges of effectively combining technology with musicology through Digital Library systems and their application.

The conference objectives are:

  • to act as a forum for reporting, presenting, and evaluating this work and disseminating new approaches to advance the discipline;
  • to create a venue for critically and constructively evaluating and verifying the operation of Music Digital Libraries and the applications and findings that flow from them;
  • to consider the suitability of existing Music Digital Libraries, particularly in light of the transformative methods and applications emerging from musicology, large collections of both audio and music related data, ‘big data’ method, and MIR;
  • to explore how digital libraries and digital musicology can combine to offer richer online access to online music collections;
  • to set the agenda for work in the field to address these new challenges and opportunities.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Building and managing digital music collections
    • Optical Music Recognition
    • Information literacies for Music Digital Libraries
    • Data quality assessment
  • Access, interfaces and ergonomics
    • Interfaces and access mechanisms for Music Digital Libraries
    • Identification/location of music (in all forms) in generic Digital Libraries
    • Techniques for locating and accessing music in Very Large Digital Libraries (e.g. HathiTrust, Internet Archive) and musical corpus-building at scale
    • Mechanisms for combining multi-form music content within and between Digital Libraries and other digital resources
    • User information needs and behaviour for Music Digital Libraries
  • Musicological Knowledge
    • Music data representations, including manuscripts/scores and audio
    • Applied MIR techniques in Music Digital Libraries and musicological investigations using them
    • Extraction of musical concepts from symbolic notation and audio data
    • Metadata and metadata schemas for music
    • Application of Linked Data and Semantic Web techniques to Music Digital Libraries, and for their access and organisation
    • Ontologies and categorisation of musics and music artefacts
  • Improving data for musicology
    • Digital Libraries which enrich public access to music, music-cultural, and music-ephemera material online
    • Digital Libraries in support of musicology and other scholarly study; novel requirements and methodologies therein
    • Digital Libraries for combination of resources in support of musicology (e.g. combining audio, scores, bibliographic, geographic, ethnomusicology, performance, etc.)


In 2018 DLfM calls for paper submissions to two tracks: a ‘proceedings track’ for short and full papers; and a ‘Unlocking Musicology challenge’ track for position papers reporting novel digital routes for disseminating and engaging musicology beyond academia.

Papers for either track will be peer reviewed by 2-3 members of the programme committee.

Please produce your paper using the ACM template and submit it to DLfM on EasyChair by 15th June 2018 (see IMPORTANT DATES).

All submitted papers must:

  • be written in English;
  • contain author names, affiliations and e-mail addresses;
  • be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings template, using a Type 1 font no smaller than 9pt;
  • be in PDF format (please ensure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and formatted for A4 size.

Page limits for submitted papers apply to all text, but exclude the bibliography (i.e. references can be included on pages over the specified limits).

It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that their submissions adhere strictly to the required format. Submissions that do not comply with the above requirements may be rejected without review.

Please note that at least one author from each accepted paper must attend the conference to present their work.

Please use the ‘ACM Standard’ version of the ‘ACM proceedings template’ – for MS Word, see ACM_SigConf, for LaTeX, sample-sigconf.

Proceedings track

We invite full papers (up to 8 pages excluding reference) or short and position papers (up to 4 pages excluding references). In addition to the general submission requirements above, we will require that camera-ready copy be received before 24th August 2018 (see IMPORTANT DATES), and that at least one author per accepted paper is registered for DLfM by that date.

Unlocking Musicology Challenge

How can the methods and techniques of Digital Musicology, applied through Music Digital Libraries, be used to increase awareness and access to digital music and associated ephemera in non-academic contexts? How can Music Digital Libraries offer enhanced mechanisms by which the public can explore collections of music and music-related material, showing that digital musicology provides sound approaches for doing so? How can digital musicology approaches, and the tools that implement them, be translated into commercial and third sector applications?

The Unlocking Musicology Challenge solicits short position papers addressing these questions as submissions of up to 2 pages to DLfM (see SUBMISSIONS).

Unlocking Musicology Challenge papers will be peer reviewed, and accepted papers will be presented at the conference as either part of a panel or as poster. Challenge papers will not be included in the main DLfM proceedings, but will be compiled into a supplement hosted on the conference website.

While we encourage authors to engage with DLfM through the Unlocking Musicology Challenge track, those who wish their papers to appear in the main proceedings may prefer to submit a more detailed description of their work to the Proceedings Track as a short or long paper (see above).

Important dates

  • Paper submission deadline: 15th June 2018 (23:59 UTC-11)
  • Notification of acceptance: 27th July 2018
  • Camera ready submission deadline: 24th August 2018
  • Conference: 28th September 2018

Programme Chair

Kevin Page, University of Oxford

Local Chairs

Cécile Davy-Rigaux, IReMus UMR 8223 (CNRS — Sorbonne Université — Bibliothèque nationale de France — ministère de la Culture et de la Communication)

Christophe Guillotel-Nothmann, IReMus UMR 8223 (CNRS — Sorbonne Université — Bibliothèque nationale de France — ministère de la Culture et de la Communication)

Publicity and proceedings Chair

David Lewis, University of Oxford

Programme Committee

Alessandro Adamou, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University
Islah Ali-Maclachlan, Birmingham City University
Rafael Caro Repetto, Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Richard Chesser, British Library
Tim Crawford, Goldsmiths College
Johanna Devaney, The Ohio State University
Jürgen Diet, Bavarian State Library
Yun Fan, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale
Ichiro Fujinaga, McGill University
Axel Geertinger, Royal Danish Library
Francesca Giannetti, Rutgers University
Mark Gotham, University of Cambridge
Andrew Hankinson, University of Oxford
Charles Inskip, University College London
Frauke Jurgensen, University of Aberdeen
Audrey Laplante, EBSI, Université de Montréal
David Lewis, Goldsmiths, University of London
Alan Marsden, Lancaster University
Joshua Neumann, University of Florida
Alastair Porter, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Laurent Pugin, RISM Switzerland
Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology
David Rizo, University of Alicante
Amelie Roper, British Library
Sertan Şentürk, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Raffaele Viglianti, University of Maryland
Tillman Weyde, City University

Conference Programme

Oral presentations

9:30 Welcome. Chair: Kevin Page

9:40 Technological Advances. Chair: J. Stephen Downie

  • Extended playing techniques: the next milestone in musical instrument recognition. Long paper, Vincent Lostanlen, Joakim Andén and Mathieu Lagrange
  • myTune: Web Visualization Technologies for Irish Traditional Music Archives. Long paper, Joseph Timoney, Thomas Lysaght and Corneille Tshibasu
  • Publishing musicology using multimedia digital libraries: Creating interactive articles through a framework for Linked Data and MEI. Short paper David Lewis, David M. Weigl, Joanna Bullivant and Kevin Page

11:00 Coffee break and posters (Unlocking Musicology Challenge)
11:20 Digital Studies. Chair: Tim Crawford

  • No Longer 'Somewhat Arbitrary': Calculating Salience in GTTM-Style Reduction. Long paper, Alan Marsden, Satoshi Tojo and Keiji Hirata.
  • On large-scale genre classification in symbolically encoded music by automatic identification of repeating patterns. Short paper,  Andres Ferraro and Kjell Lemström.
  • Differentiae in the Cantus Manuscript Database: Standardization and Musicological Application. Long paper, Rebecca Shaw.
  • Music in newspapers: interdisciplinary opportunities and data-related challenges. Short paper, Cynthia Liem.

13:00 Lunch generously sponsored by the TROMPA project and posters (Unlocking Musicology Challenge)
14:00 Recognition and Encoding. Chair: David Lewis

  • MuRET: A music recognition, encoding, and transcription tool. Short paper, David Rizo, Jorge Calvo-Zaragoza and José Manuel Iñesta.
  • How Current Optical Music Recognition Systems Are Becoming Useful for Digital Libraries. Short paper, Jan Hajič Jr., Marta Kolárová, Alexander Pacha and Jorge Calvo-Zaragoza.
  • Evaluating Symbolic Representations in Melodic Similarity. Long paper, David Wickland, David Calvert and James Harley.
  • Encoding Matters. Short paper,  Nestor Napoles Lopez, Gabriel Vigliensoni and Ichiro Fujinaga.

15:30 Coffee break and posters (Unlocking Musicology Challenge)
16:00 Collections. Chair: Kevin Page

  • JazzCats: Navigating an RDF triplestore of integrated performance metadata. Short paper, Daniel Bangert, Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, J. Stephen Downie and Yun Hao.
  • An open corpus for the computational research of Arab-Andalusian music. Long paper, Rafael Caro Repetto, Niccolò Pretto, Amin Chaachoo, Barış Bozkurt and Xavier Serra.
  • Scores of Scores: An 'OpenScore' project to liberate sheet music and musical file formats. Long paper, Mark Gotham, Peter Jonas, Bruno Bower, William Bosworth, Daniel Rootham and Leigh Vanhandel.

Poster presentations – Unlocking Musicology Challenge


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