Stephen Downie

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.

Department of Computing, Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

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