Acronym Soup: Can ISMIR, MIREX, NEMA, and SALAMI be made nourishing for music scholars? (18/12/09)
Music information retrieval (MIR) research has made great strides in certain areas, particularly in the searching of audio files. It has, however, fallen short of its potential to be a common part of musicological scholarship and pedagogy. This talk will explicate the development and evolution of four institutions/projects that are playing important roles in MIR research: 1. ISMIR (International Society for Music Information Retrieval); 2. MIREX (Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange); 3. NEMA (Networked Environment for Music Analysis); and, 4. SALAMI (Structural Analysis of Large Amounts of Music Information). Using these four institutions as a means to review the recent history of MIR research, the presentation will explore how the MIR research community can, and must, better serve the needs of the musicology community.