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Prospects for a Big Data History of Music

9 September 2014


This position paper sets out the possibility of a musicology based on the analysis of musical-bibliographical metadata as Big Data. It outlines the work underway, as part of the AHRC-funded project A Big Data History of Music, to align seven major datasets of musical-bibliographical metadata. After discussing some of the technical challenges of data alignment, it suggests how analysis and visualization of this data might transform musicological understandings of cultural transmission and canon formation.


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  • Resource type

    Conference paper (published)

  • Institution
    • British Library

  • Organisational unit
    • Heritage Made Digital Programme

  • Project name
    • A Big Data History of Music

  • Funder
    • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

  • Funder project reference
    • AH/L010046/1

  • Event title
    • Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop (DLfM)

  • Event location
    • London, UK

  • Book title
    • DLfM '14 Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Digital Libraries for Musicology

  • Pagination
    • 1-3

  • Publisher
    • ACM

  • Place of publication
    • New York, NY, USA

  • ISBN
    • 978-1-4503-3002-2

  • Official URL
  • DOI