The project is primarily focused around digital sound recordings of classical music and potentially digital products which are created from these digital sound recordings.

We are primarily interested in capturing metadata about:
1). The pieces, movements and works being performed.
2). The parties who composed these classical works.
3). The parties who participated in the performance and recording these classical works.
4). The event at which these performances took place.
5). And finally, trying to leverage all this information in a way that enables the layperson to browse/search/view and distinguish between similar recordings of the same works.

Even though, we are not focused on music the notation, I am interested in seeing how music encoding handles some of the metadata surrounding the work and the composers. If there are others the group can suggest, I will look at those as well.


On 04/25/2011 03:53 PM, Ethan Gruber wrote:
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">What metadata are you planning to record?  You can use Music Encoding Initiative ( to record the music notation in addition to metadata about the work itself.  The University of Virginia Library is undertaking a project to describe a sizeable collection of 18th century European printed music in EAD (not unlike a manuscript collection).  MEI may be applied to encode music notation for these works in the future.

Ethan Gruber
American Numismatic Society

On Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 4:15 PM, Nick Sincaglia <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I am involved in a project in which we are struggling with the complexities
and idiosyncrasies of metadata involving classical music. I was wondering if
the members of this group could suggest any metadata standardization efforts
which address many of these challenges. We do not want to try and re-invent
things that may already exist and I am very interested in leveraging work
that has been done by people with more expertise in this field than I or any
of my colleagues.