Contributor Newsletter 9

LED conference call for papers
As you know, the LED conference ‘Listening to music: people, practices and experiences, takes place at the RCM in October. You can read more about the conference and the Call for Papers on our website: http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/node/83/ . We've had a number of proposals for papers, but the deadline is now approaching fast! So if you would like to submit a proposal, please ensure that it reaches us before midnight on 12 April by emailing it to: arts-listening-experience@open.ac.uk

Database entries
Congratulations and huge thanks to project team member Ingrid Pearson, who has just passed a personal total of 400 entries (and counting)! We now have over 2,500 submissions, and as we now have a small army of contributors, the submission rate is starting to escalate. Please keep it up, and we’ll do our best to get them approved and uploaded into the database as quickly as we can!

Technical update
The support for the linked data set, MusicBrainz, has been implemented. This upgrade should make inputting music related data more efficient and a little easier for us all. Work is continuing on how to improve the suggested music genres, the socio-economic status and occupation fields, together with how we might improve the website design so as to attract more contributors.

Publicity and networking
On 11 March, Helen and Ingrid attended the ‘Big Data History of Music: Digital Strategies for Historical Musicologists’ Study Day at the British Library. ‘A Big Data History of Music’ is an AHRC-funded collaboration between the British Library and Royal Holloway, which brings together large British Library and RISM datasets about published sheet music and music manuscripts, with others such as the Concert Programmes project database, with the aim of analysing large-scale trends – for example, in the dissemination of music. While the project is focused rather differently than LED, if it chimes with your research interests and you want to know more, the RISM website seems to be the one that offers the most information: http://www.rism.info/fr/home/newsdetails/article/10/rism-and-big-data.html

Simon attended an event organised by the British Library Labs team entitled, THATCamp, The Humanities and Technology Camp, on 13 February. The day itself was an ‘unconference’, in which the schedule was set in the first session based on proposals made in the camp’s blog before the meeting. Along with Dr Francesca Benatti and Dr David King from the OU, Simon submitted a successful proposal entitled ‘Getting Experienced’, which both followed up on a presentation that Dr Benatti gave at last year’s British Library Lab’s Text Mining: Opportunities and Tools event, in which she discussed some of the issues regarding extracting reading experiences from texts, and addressed our need to extract listening experiences from texts. The session provided some valuable insights into the broader question of extracting experiences, though no one was able to report that they had already done what we are trying to do or had specific ideas about how we should do it. So there remains something for us to work on! If you're aware of any text mining tools, projects or scholars working in this field that you think we should be aware of, please let us know.

Easter leave
Helen is on leave from 27 March, back in the office on 13 April, but Simon is off only on the bank holidays, Good Friday and Easter Monday – otherwise he’s around as normal. Have a good Easter break!

Helen and Simon
30/03/2015

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