Polifonia will not publish a research paper with definitive answers on European musical history, instead it uncovers ‘the soundtrack of Europe’ by developing the tools that allow researchers to search these answers themselves. Polifonia will build a Knowledge Graph that connects musical data and lets users explore how, e.g. musical works are related. That is useful, because currently many music data are isolated from each other, and many institutions do not have the means to display this data in a useful way. In Polifonia 10 consortium members spread their expertise over 6 work packages and 10 pilots to reach above ambitions. Sound & Vision takes part in the development work in WP2 (Knowledge Graphs) and WP5 (Human Interaction with Musical Heritage) and leads WP6 (Dissemination of Results).
At Sound & Vision, our developers are focusing on two key aspects. Mari Wigham is working to describe our own music collections, to link them to other collections (such as Wikidata) and to make the result available as usable linked data, so that these collections can be plugged into the Polifonia Knowledge Graph. So far, she has described the Sound & Vision collection ‘Muziekopnamen Zendgemachtigden’, made this available to the Polifonia Knowledge Graph via a SPARQL endpoint, and explored some of its contents in a data story created using the Polifonia MELODY editor.
Philo van Kemenade has been investigating human-computer interaction patterns to give researchers exploratory access to cultural heritage collections. In this, he builds on his earlier work on Generous Interfaces for audiovisual collections. Generous Interfaces help users find their way to interesting parts of a collection by revealing its scale and variety by offering tools for navigation. The connected nature of linked data that we are dealing with in Polifonia offers exciting opportunities for such exploratory interfaces. We ran two co-design sessions with media researchers, who underlined the value of exploratory interfaces.
Dissemination & early adopters
The first year of WP6 was dedicated to building the Polifonia brand. I continued this work in the second year, with the help of Max Tiel, including the new task of building a stakeholder network. In the summer of 2022 we connected with these early adopters, and added 30 stakeholders from 15 different countries to our network.
During in-depth presentations by Deezer, Podiumkunst.net, Musica 2, PRISM, University of Leuven and Philharmonie de Paris at our hybrid meeting in Paris (September 2022), insight was gained into the problems that research, heritage and industry organizations face when working with music data, and how Polifonia technology could potentially help solve them. Later this year we will further deepen the stakeholders’ relation with the pilots.
By the spring of 2024 Polifonia will offer an interconnected European database on the web- an AI-driven Knowledge Graph that will enhance our understanding of European musical heritage- and an Ecosystem for those building on the technologies developed within the project. Polifonia also plans to organise demo sessions at relevant interdisciplinary festivals and other platforms, to make sure every music lover will hear about the soundtrack of Europe. Stay tuned!
Università di Bologna, The Open University, King’s College London, National University of Ireland Galway, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e per il Turismo, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision, Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Digital Paths.
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