Contributor Newsletter 5

Welcome to the latest newsletter from The Listening Experience Database

Publication of LED Linked Open Data

We're excited to announce that our colleagues at the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University have just published all the data held in the Listening Experience Database.

OK, so what does this mean? It's useful to remember that LED is at the cutting edge of Semantic Web technology. We use a concept called Linked Data which practitioners describe as "using the Web to connect related data that wasn't previously linked ...[it's] a term used to describe the recommended best practice for exposing, sharing, and connecting pieces of data, information, and knowledge on the Semantic Web".

All of the listening experiences, together with their associated contexts (such as the information that you've provided about the listeners, the music, dates and locations, along with the source of the experience) are now available as open data for consumption by software applications and hopefully by other people and projects. For example, we at LED already use other Linked Data sets such as the British National Bibliography, DBpedia and Now others will be able to link to LED in much the same way.

For more information about this exciting strand to our project please visit:

User survey

We’re planning an appeal for new volunteers, and with that in mind we’re about to send round a very short survey to existing user account holders. It should only take a few minutes of your time to complete, so please do let us have your feedback – it will be enormously helpful in shaping our ideas for attracting and keeping more volunteers.

Networking and conferences

On 12 September, Simon and Alessandro gave a paper at The 1st International Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop (DLfM 2014). This was the first time the formal underpinnings of the LED data model have been presented. We were able to demonstrate how we incorporate the reuse of digital library data, as well as the ontological framework and structure of LED. It was also an opportunity for us to introduce the outcomes of the initial round of crowd-sourcing into a Linked Data set. The day concluded with a useful discussion about how emerging technologies might transform musicology.

On 3 October, Helen and Simon will be spreading the word about the project at an OU alumni event which is being held at the OU in Milton Keynes.

On 21 October, Alessandro will be demonstrating LED at the 13th International Semantic Web conference, arguably the largest international academic event in the field of Semantic Web technology. The demo will be run in a three-hour period during the poster and demo session of the main conference.

We’re also pleased to report that our paper 'The Listening Experience Database Project: Collating the Responses of the Ordinary Listener to Prompt New Insights into Musical Experience' has been accepted for the New Directions in the Humanities conference to be held in Vancouver in June 2015.

Dates for your diary

At 5.15pm on Thursday 9 October, Simon and other project team members will be speaking about LED in a ‘Grove Forum’ at the Royal College of Music. All Grove Forum events are open to the public and free of charge, but a ticket is required, so please go to for further information and to book.

On 20 November we will be holding our 2014 LED symposium at the Royal College of Music, London.
The keynote speaker will be Professor Andrew Prescott, AHRC Leadership Fellow in Digital Transformations. As we approach the end of year two of the project, the symposium is an opportunity for us to reflect on progress and open up our research questions and interests to a wider audience. The registration fee is £12 (£9 concessions). For booking and further information including the detailed programme, please go to

And looking further ahead, on 24 and 25 October 2015 we will be holding our project conference, again at the Royal College of Music. If you’re interested in proposing a paper, look out for the call for papers, which we will be publishing next month on the project website and via various Jiscmail lists such as Musicology-All. We’re planning to open registration in April, but we’ll let you know when that happens.

New student prize

Finally, if you’re a postgraduate student working on popular music or you know someone who is, you may be interested in the news that the UK and Ireland branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM UK-I) are advertising the launch of the annual Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize for best postgraduate student paper on any aspect of popular music from any disciplinary perspective – see for details. The deadline is 31 December 2014.

Helen and Simon