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MXMLiszt: a preliminary MusicXML digital library platform built on available open‐source technologies

Nitin Arora (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 31 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this article is to describe the genesis and structural components for an open‐source MusicXML digital library platform.

Design/methodology/approach

After briefly discussing music information retrieval within the context of emerging approaches to digital music notation formats, specifically MusicXML, the article discusses how the author's graduate school project evolved into a search and delivery platform for MusicXML files and their manifestations, with particular emphasis on the platform's underlying software structure. A discussion of the platform's end user interface and administrative scripts provides further explanation regarding how the system functions.

Findings

Although work remains to be done, digital libraries are poised to use MusicXML and its supporting software for the advancement of music‐related services offered to patrons.

Originality/value

The paper discusses a proof‐of‐concept, open‐source MusicXML digital library platform that may be of interest to librarians with and without musical and/or programming backgrounds.

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Citation

Arora, N. (2011), "MXMLiszt: a preliminary MusicXML digital library platform built on available open‐source technologies", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 298-316. https://doi.org/10.1108/10650751111182605

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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