3rd International Digital Libraries for Musicology Workshop


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


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, which will be
published in the ACM Digital Libraries as part of the ICPS series.

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

ACM template: http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates
Submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dlfm2016
Contact email: dlfm2016@easychair.org


Draft paper / abstract submission deadline: 23rd May 2016 (23:59 UTC-11)
Final paper submission deadline: 27th May 2016 (23:59 UTC-11)
Notification of acceptance: 4th July 2016
Camera ready submission deadline: 26th July 2016 (14:00 UTC)
Workshop: 12th August 2016



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

Publicity and proceedings

Richard Lewis, Goldsmiths University of London

Programme Committee

Islah Ali-Maclachlan, Birmingham City University
Richard Chesser, British Library
Rachel Cowgill, Huddersfield University
Tim Crawford, Goldsmiths College
Jürgen Diet, Bavarian State Library
J. Stephen Downie, University of Illinois
Ichiro Fujinaga, McGill University
Jonathan Greenberg, RILM
Andrew Hankinson, McGill University
Xiao Hu, University of Hong Kong
Charles Inskip, University College London
David Lewis, Goldsmiths University of London
Alastair Porter, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Laurent Pugin, RISM Switzerland
Carolin Rindfleisch, University of Oxford
Mohamed Sordo, Pandora
Marnix van Berchum, Utrecht University
Raffaele Viglianti, University of Maryland
David M. Weigl, University of Oxford
Tillman Weyde, City University