Music Encoding Conference 2017

Program of the Music Encoding Conference 2017
The program of the conference is now available. See http://music-encoding.org/community/conference/tours17/program/.
The Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) is an open-source effort to define a system for encoding musical documents in a machine-readable structure. MEI brings together specialists from various music research communities, including technologists, librarians, historians, and theorists in a common effort to define best practices for representing a broad range of musical documents and structures.

The results of these discussions are formalized in the MEI schema, a core set of rules for recording physical and intellectual characteristics of music notation documents expressed as an eXtensible Markup Language (XML) schema. It is complemented by the MEI Guidelines, which provide detailed explanations of the components of the MEI model and best practices suggestions.

You are cordially invited by the Music Encoding Initiative community to participate in the Music Encoding Conference, which will be held 16-17 May 2017 (with pre-conference workshops on 15 May and an ‘un-conference’ day on 18 May) in Tours, France, in cooperation with the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) based at the Université François-Rabelais Tours.

Music encoding is a critical component of the emerging fields of digital musicology, digital editions, symbolic music information retrieval, and others. At the centre of these fields, the Music Encoding Conference has emerged as an important cross-disciplinary venue for theorists, musicologists, librarians, and technologists to meet and discuss new advances in their fields.

The Music Encoding Conference is the annual focal point for the Music Encoding Initiative community (http://music-encoding.org), but members from all encoding and analysis communities are welcome to participate.

Authors are invited to upload their submission for review to our Conftool website: https://www.conftool.net/music-encoding2017.

Proposals for papers, posters, panel discussions, and pre-conference workshops are encouraged. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

music encoding as a theoretical approach for research
methodologies for encoding, music editing, description and analysis
rendering of symbolic music data in audio and graphical forms
relationships between symbolic music data, encoded text, and facsimile images
capture, interchange, and re-purposing of music data and metadata
music encoding and symbolic music information retrieval
ontologies, authority files, and linked data in music encoding and description
additional topics relevant to music encoding, editing, and description

The deadline for all submissions is 4 November 2016 18 November 2016 (midnight UK time). Conftool accepts PDF files only. The submission to Conftool must include:

name(s) of author(s)
current or most recent institutional affiliation of author(s) and e-mail address
proposal type: paper, poster, panel session, or workshop
All identifying information must be provided in the corresponding fields of Conftool only, while the submitted PDF must anonymize the author’s details.

For paper and poster proposals, abstracts of no more than 1000 words, including relevant bibliographic references, are requested. Please also include a short statement regarding your current interests related to music encoding.

Panel discussion proposals, describing the topic and nature of the discussion and including short biographies of the participants, must be no longer than 2000 words. Panel discussions are not expected to be a set of papers which could otherwise be submitted as individual papers.

Proposals for half- or full-day pre-conference workshops, to be held on May 15th, should include the workshop’s proposed duration, as well as its logistical and technical requirements.

Friday is planned as an un-conference day, self-organized by the participants and open for anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic mentioned above.

Additional details regarding registration, accommodation, etc. will be announced on the conference web page (http://music-encoding.org/community/conference).

Important Dates

4 November 2016 18 November 2016: Deadline for abstract submissions
2 December 2016: Notification of acceptance of submissions
15 May 2017: Pre-conference workshops
16-17 May 2017: Conference
18 May 2017: ‘Un-conference’ Day

If you have any questions, please e-mail conference2017@music-encoding.org.