Towards a Foundation for Collaborative Digital Archiving with Local Concert-Giving Organisations

Charlotte Armstrong, Rachel Cowgill, Alan Dix, Christina Bashford, D. Stephen Downie, Mike Twidale, Maureen Reagan, Rupert Ridgewell

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The centenaries of former chapters of the British Music Society (BMS), established in 1918, have prompted their governing bodies to take stock of their histories and build on the cataloguing, documentation and preservation of their archival collections. The InterMusE project aims to support this shared instinct to archive by capturing and, crucially, linking different forms of data regarding the musical events provided by three of these local concert-giving organisations, beginning with the digitisation of their collections and with a view to producing a dynamic, open-access digital archive. This paper outlines our approach to establishing a foundation for developing a new kind of digital archive for musicology that is both valuable for researchers, fulfils the needs of the societies and their communities, and sheds light on community music-making on a national and, ultimately, international scale. By carrying out a series of preliminary scoping exercises, including informal interviews and archival-collection assessments, we can compare current archiving and preservation activities across the societies. These conversations bring emerging themes, issues and challenges into focus, raising pertinent questions that will inform our development of transformative tools and techniques for community digitisation projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of DLfM 2021 - 8th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384292
StatePublished - Jul 28 2021
Event8th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology, DLfM 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Jul 28 2021Jul 30 2021

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference8th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology, DLfM 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • Musicology
  • archives
  • centenaries
  • co-creation
  • co-production
  • concerts
  • digital archives
  • digitisation
  • ephemera
  • performance history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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