LITMUS (Linked Irish Traditional Music) seeks to improve searching and access to web-based Irish traditional music, song and dance resources through the development of a linked data ontology, and eventual framework.

How can we represent complex musical, social, cultural, geographic, and personal relationships that occur within traditional Irish music and dance?

To better represent these relationships through linked data, LITMUS aims to develop an ontology to better express what occurs within oral transmission. While tailored to Irish traditional music, it is hoped that this project will provide a working model for other European and non-European traditional musics. Read our official press release.

EUflag_yellow_high The 2-year (July 2017 to June 2019) project is funded through a European Union Horizon2020, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Actions Fellowship (Grant No. 750814), in the Society and Enterprise division.

Our Official Abstract:

The LITMUS (Linked Irish Traditional Music) project will focus on the development of the first linked open data (LOD) framework tailored to the needs of Irish traditional song, instrumental music, and dance (ITM), as well as European and non-European traditional musics primarily propagated through oral transmission. LOD connects data from within and beyond knowledge domains; LOD ontologies are specially designed to represent knowledge structures and relationships. The few existing LOD music ontologies do not adequately express ITM and other oral traditions, making LITMUS significant. Project activities include ontology development, LOD infrastructure creation, and development of a publicly-accessible LOD pilot.

LITMUS will impact the larger European cultural heritage community and beyond, providing a framework for other organisations to model and publish their own similar collections in LOD; reifying latent shared properties and traits anecdotally known to exist in the folk music of countries with strong socio-historical links.

…A variety of non-academic and academic audiences will be engaged in dissemination and communication of project results through presentations, demonstrations, videos, and workshops, including interdisciplinary music audiences. LITMUS will add value to ITMA’s existing role as Project Partner and Content Provider for Europeana/Europeana Sounds whilst establishing ITMA as an international research focal point for LOD and traditional musics.