Digital Music Notation Data Model and Prototype Delivery System
The Music Encoding Initiative is a community project, supported by scholars from many different academic fields. Without this community, MEI wouldn't be the same. At the same time, providing documentation, examples, and also improving the schema itself calls for more time than most scholars can afford besides their regular work. With the kind support of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) it is possible to support the community in creating these things. With two successive grants it is possible to organize face to face meetings of the MEI Council and to expedite the work on the materials provided by and for the MEI community.
For this small research project, which has the official title 'Digital Music Notation Data Model and Prototype Delivery System', the University of Virginia Library collaborates with the Musicological Institute of the University Paderborn and the Detmold University of Music. While the UVa team coordinates the development of the schema itself, UPB takes care of supplementary materials like sample encodings and the MEIron toolset. Work on the Guidelines is shared between both partner organizations.
The funding for this core of MEI is ensured until late summer 2013.
Many scholars dedicate time to the benefit of MEI: To build tools, work on the Guidelines, improve the schema and so on. However, the funding by NEH and DFG allows to employ two graduate students at the Musicological Institute Detmold/Paderborn in Germany to support the community in these tasks. They work in close collaboration with the technical team and other members of the council and are always a good contact person for anything related to MEI and the MEI council.
Maja Hartwig, born in 1985, studied Musicology at the Institute for Musicology at Detmold/Paderborn as well as the minor subjects Linguistics and Education at the University of Paderborn. In 2010 she completed her master thesis titled „Musical resistance during the NS-regime. Studies on selected composers“. From 2007 to 2010 she worked as a student assistant in the library of the Institute for Musicology at Detmold/Paderborn. Maja began working at the DFG/NEH funded project „Digital Music Notation Data Model and Prototype Delivery System“ in October 2010 as a graduate assistant. She is currently working on a doctoral thesis about aspects of musical analysis with MEI.
Kristina Richts, born in 1983, holds a Diploma in Library and Information Science from the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences and a Master of Arts in Musicology, which she received 2011 from the Institute for Musicology at Detmold/Paderborn. From 2007 to 2009 Kristina worked as a librarian at the Detmold University of Music. She began working at the DFG/NEH funded project „Digital Music Notation Data Model and Prototype Delivery System“ in April 2011 as a graduate assistant. Currently she is writing a doctoral thesis titled “Robert Schumann's 'Lieder und Gesänge aus Johann Wolfgang von Goethes 'Wilhelm Meister'' op. 98a. Studies on the conception of the song cycle”.