Contributor Newsletter 6

Technical update

If you’ve been into the website in the last couple of days, you’ll have noticed that it’s had a make-over. Or rather, it’s in the process of having a makeover. The homepage is largely done – there are just one or two tweaks which Alessandro will make when he’s back from giving his LED demo at the International Semantic Web Conference.

We hope you like the new look. The aim with the revamped homepage is to make the website more engaging and explanatory for first-time visitors, and hopefully guide them much more explicitly through what becoming a contributor means. To get the full effect (as though you were a first-time visitor), you’ll need to be logged out of the website to begin with.

Further improvements will be happening over the next few weeks – for example, Alessandro is working on improvements to the search result and individual record displays.

As ever, please feel free to send us feedback on the changes – we’re always trying to find ways to make the website and the database more intuitive, and we rely on you to give us the user’s perspective.

Symposium 2014

A reminder that we will be holding our 2014 LED symposium at the Royal College of Music, London on 20 November. The keynote speaker is Professor Andrew Prescott, AHRC Leadership Fellow in Digital Transformations, and members of the project team will be giving papers on a wide range of research they are developing based on LED.

If you’re within reach of London, please join us – it would be great to see you there. The registration fee is £12 (£9 concessions). For booking and further information including the detailed programme, please go to

Booking closes on Monday 3 November.


The paper given by Simon and Alessandro at the Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM) seminar last month will be published shortly in the online conference proceedings. We’ll send you a link once it’s live.

Alessandro and Mathieu have submitted a paper entitled ‘Crowd-source digital humanities linked data contributing to library datasets: the case of the Listening Experience Database’ to the Semantic Web Journal. They’re waiting to hear whether it will be accepted, but in the meantime, you can read the latest version of it (it’s likely to be subject to change) here

Grove Forum

Ingrid, Ivan, Tania and Simon gave a talk about LED at the RCM’s Grove Forum on 9 October. They gave an overview of the project and highlighted the variety of some of the evidence found so far. Individual project team members then went on to discuss their own research. The talk concluded with details of how the audience could get involved with LED, followed by a lively Q&A session.


If you’re in London on the evening of 30 October, you might like to attend a talk given by Simon Zagorski-Thomas at the launch of his book The Musicology of Record Production. Amongst other themes, the book addresses how recording technology influences listening and our interpretation of musical meaning. Further details at

Helen and Simon