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DLfM 2015 : 2nd International Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop


When Jun 25, 2015 - Jun 25, 2015
Where Knoxville, TN
Abstract Registration Due Apr 22, 2015
Submission Deadline Apr 26, 2015
Notification Due May 22, 2015
Final Version Due Jun 1, 2015
Categories    digital libraries   musicology

Call For Papers


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.


Final paper submission deadline: 26th April 2015 (23:59 UTC-11)

Draft paper submission deadline: 22nd April 2015 (23:59 UTC-11)

Notification of acceptance: 22nd May 2015

Registration deadline for one author per paper: To be confirmed

Camera ready submission deadline: 1st June 2015 (14:00 UTC)


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 second edition of DLfM following a very successful and well received workshop at Digital Libraries 2014, giving an opportunity for the community to present and discuss developments in the last year that tackle the agenda that emerged in London. In particular we encourage participants to consider the theme of the main conference - "Large, Dynamic and Ubiquitous" - and how this properties are reflected in Music Digital Libraries and their application to musicology.

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 and "Large, Dynamic, and Ubiquitous" collections of both audio and music related data;

- 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.

- Digital Libraries in consideration of "Large, Dynamic and Ubiquitous" collections of audio and music related data.

- 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 artefacts.


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 22nd April 2015 and the final version before 26th April 2015 (see IMPORTANT DATES above).

Accepted papers will be included in our proceedings; publisher to be confirmed.

The proceedings of last year's workshop, DLfM 2014, can be found in the ACM Digital Library at:

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 font size 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 above).

ACM template:


Contact email:



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

Publicity and proceedings

Richard Lewis, Goldsmiths University of London

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