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Digital preservation and access strategies for musical heritage: the Swiss RISM experience

Laurent Pugin (Swiss RISM Office, Bern, Switzerland)
Andrew Hankinson (Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
Ichiro Fujinaga (Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Canada)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 10 February 2012

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a new web‐based cataloguing system for the global music bibliography project, Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), and discuss the implications for the manipulation and discovery of musical heritage materials.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is designed to illustrate the workflow and tools used in creating a global musical catalogue, and to present the experiences of the Swiss RISM working group in developing new tools and re‐thinking traditional music bibliography tools.

Findings

The new tools developed present a further decrease in latency between source cataloguing and availability to users by integrating both the cataloguing and exploration interfaces into a single web application.

Research limitations/implications

For music researchers, the opportunity to search and manipulate a global musical source database opens up new possibilities for data‐driven computational musicology and analysis.

Originality/value

This paper reports preliminary work in musical incipit searching in the Swiss RISM database, as well as the latest developments in integrating digital facsimile images and sound resources.

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Citation

Pugin, L., Hankinson, A. and Fujinaga, I. (2012), "Digital preservation and access strategies for musical heritage: the Swiss RISM experience", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 43-55. https://doi.org/10.1108/10650751211197068

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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