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DLfM 2016 : 3rd International Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop


When Aug 12, 2016 - Aug 12, 2016
Where New York
Abstract Registration Due May 23, 2016
Submission Deadline May 27, 2016
Notification Due Jul 4, 2016
Final Version Due Jul 26, 2016

Call For Papers

The Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media, Bobst Library, New York University, NY, USA

A satellite event of ISMIR 2016 (


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) workshop 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 third Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop, is a satellite event of the annual International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) conference, 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.


DLfM will focus on the implications of music on 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 third edition of DLfM following a very successful and well received workshop at Digital Libraries 2014, and then at JCDL 2015, 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 workshop 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 set the agenda for work in the field to address these new challenges and opportunities.


Topics of interest for the workshop include but are not limited to:

- Music Digital Libraries.
- Applied MIR techniques in Music Digital Libraries and musicological investigations using them.
- Techniques for locating and accessing music in Very Large Digital Libraries (e.g. HathiTrust, Internet Archive).
- Music data representations, including manuscripts/scores and audio
- Interfaces and access mechanisms for Music Digital Libraries.
- 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.)
- User information needs and behaviour for Music Digital Libraries.
- Identification/location of music (in all forms) in generic Digital Libraries.
- Mechanisms for combining multi-form music content within and between Digital Libraries and other digital resources.
- Information literacies for Music Digital Libraries.
- Metadata and metadata schemas for music.
- Application of Linked Data and Semantic Web techniques to Music Digital Libraries, and for their access and organisation.
- Optical Music Recognition.
- Ontologies and categorisation of musics and music artifacts.


We invite full papers (up to 8 pages) or short and position papers (up to 4 pages). Papers will be peer reviewed by 2-3 members of the programme committee.

Please produce your paper using the ACM template and submit it in draft to DLfM on EasyChair by 23rd May 2016 and the final version before 27th May 2016 (see IMPORTANT DATES).

Accepted papers will be included in our proceedings. Previous proceedings have been published in the ACM ICPS series, and can be found in the ACM Digital Library.

All submitted papers must:

- be written in English;
- contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;
- be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings template with a Type 1 font no smaller than 9pt;
- be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and formatted for A4 size.

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

Please note that at least one author from each accepted paper must attend the workshop to present their work, and in addition must be registered for the workshop by a date, preceding the camera ready deadline, which will be confirmed in due course (see IMPORTANT DATES above).

ACM template:



Kevin Page, University of Oxford
Ben Fields, Goldsmiths University of London

Publicity and proceedings

Richard Lewis, Goldsmiths University of London

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