An e-Research approach to Web-scale music analysis

David De Roure, Kevin R. Page, Benjamin Fields, Tim Crawford, J. Stephen Downie, Ichiro Fujinaga

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The growing quantity of digital recorded music available in large-scale resources such as the Internet archive provides an important new resource for musical analysis. An e-Research approach has been adopted in order to create a very substantive web-accessible corpus of musical analyses in a common framework for use by music scholars, students and beyond, and to establish a methodology and tooling that will enable others to add to the resource in the future. The enabling infrastructure brings together scientific workflow and Semantic Web technologies with a set of algorithms and tools for extracting features from recorded music. It has been used to deliver a prototype system, described here, that demonstrates the utility of LINKED DATA for enhancing the curation of collections of music signal data for analysis and publishing results that can be simply and readily correlated to these and other sources. This paper describes the motivation, infrastructure design and the proof-of-concept case study and reflects on emerging e-Research practice as researchers embrace the scale of the Web.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3300-3317
Number of pages18
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number1949
StatePublished - Aug 28 2011


  • Music information retrieval
  • Musicology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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