We are committed to openness in our work, and public dissemination of the results of our research.
This commitment encompasses:
In addition to peer review of our publications, the quality and direction
of our work is reviewed periodically by an Advisory Board consisting of leading scholars in medieval musicology,
top-level educators in computer science, and specialists from other research projects whose work is closely related to this project.
The Advisory Board has a 'core' group of members who have made long-term commitments to the project; it is
supplemented ad hoc by occasional members who are asked to participate during specific phases of the
project when their expertise might be especially beneficial.
The occasional NEUMES conferences create valuable opportunities for face-to-face dialog between scholars,
'brainstorming' to solve recalcitrant problems,
exploration of complementary knowledge,
accord on goals and procedures of the project, and so on.
- open standards for representation and transformation of data
(viz., publicly available data specifications, and their free licensing for educational, cultural, and non-commercial purposes);
- transparency of our work via the NEUMES website
(which adheres to the principle of 'show your work', even when facets of the work are not ready for productive use by
- publication in-print for reporting the progress, philosophy, and goals of this research project; and
- participation in conferences of the musicological or computer science communities, as appropriate.
Listed below are the conference activities (both 'external' and
'internal') that figure in our efforts to-date.
- NEUMES 2006: Oxford Conference on Computerised Transcription of Medieval Chant Manuscripts
(at St Anne's College, Oxford; 27-28 June 2006).
This 'internal' conference assembles the NEUMES Advisory Board and a selective group of innovative-thinking scholars
from diverse disciplines. The basic agenda of the two-day conference are:
(a) a report on the current state of this research
by the project's principal software engineer, and demonstration of new software;
(b) presentations by conference attendees on topics relevant to this research where they have
(c) 'panel discussions' about current problems facing the project, especially in
software architecture, end-user functional requirements, the compilation/indexing/search of meta-data, and
classification of melodic patterns in chant; and
(d) the annual Advisory Board meeting, per se, to discuss the coming year's work in relation to the requirements of
the Eduserv Foundation grant.
Details of the conference are found on the
- We participated in the JCDL2005 conference
(Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2005, "Digital Libraries: Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education";
Denver, Colorado, USA; 7 - 11 June 2005;
see, conference website). We gave a presentation
about our research project and wrote a paper titled, "E-Library of Medieval
Chant Manuscript Transcriptions" (see,
§ Publications), which is in-print by the ACM
(Association for Computing Machinery). See, Louis Barton's
on the NEUMES website regarding his experience at the conference.