Consortium en musicologie numérique — MUSICA2
MUSICA2’s collaborative project builds on the accumulation of initiatives that have recently taken digital musicology in new directions. In 2017, the MUSICA(1) consortium reported on a number of advances. These included the development of tools, training courses and the dissemination of best practices. Since then, the musicological landscape has been enriched by existing resources and some new ones. Each of them raises questions about the nature of the metadata, of the research tools, of the presentation of the sources and even of the musical material itself.
Faced with the proliferation of these resources, the Consortium’s aim is to identify the invariants in the gestures and intellectual operations underlying the practices of working with sources through which music and its various contexts (historical, theoretical, social, aesthetic, philosophical, etc.) are presented. This direction, which is now the norm for data sharing, is more broadly in line with the FAIR data.
The challenges facing a consortium dealing with music are both classic and unique. In one way or another, as in the case of consortia based on human creations, the four cardinal points of reflection remain: (1) people, (2) productions and events, (3) places, and (4) sources and works. The basic referential framework remains the same, even when research focuses on the relationships between musical data. The users of music data, on the other hand, constitute communities with identities and behaviours that lie outside the usual contexts of research or higher education. The use of data and metadata takes on radically different forms, from enthusiasts of certain forms of pop music who identify their way of being with a particular type of music, to the community of medieval fiddlers, from music season programmers to amateur singing groups. The aim of MUSICA2 is to reconcile these repertoire and practice-specific uses with a global conception of what musical data and metadata are, so that they can finally be the beneficiaries of a dialogue that will bring scientific progress and cultural openness.
In line with the MUSICA2 objectives and deliverables, the consortium’s research is divided into three areas:
– Coding and musical data
– Managing and storing data
– Semantic Web
Steering Committee: Philippe Vendrix (coordinator), Achille Davy-Rigaux, Joann Élart and Kévin Roger
MUSICA2 is based at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Val de Loire.