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LITMUS: Linked Irish Traditional Music | A Horizon2020 Project at the Irish Traditional Music Archive

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Long Description

Overview and Aims: The Linked Irish Traditional Music (LITMUS) project at the Irish Traditional Music Archive seeks to improve searching and access to web-based Irish traditional instrumental music, song, and dance resources through the development of a linked data ontology, and eventual framework. The LITMUS project must overcome challenges related to documenting traditional Irish music and dance practise as linked data, namely relationships and terminology made more difficult due to the informal nature of oral transmission. Currently available ontologies do not adequately meet the needs of describing orally-based traditions like Irish traditional music and dance. An ontology based upon the considerations of oral transmission will allow such items to be described and related to one another using term musicians and dancers themselves use; and will reflect the richness and diversity found within the tradition.

Process/Experience: The LITMUS project is led by Dr. Lynnsey Weissenberger at the Irish Traditional Music Archive. Director Grace Toland, Director Emeritus Nicholas Carolan, and ITMA staff have provided guidance with regard to source materials, examples, contextual information, and bibliographic data throughout the development of the ontology, which is still ongoing. In addition to developing the classes and entities within the linked data ontology, the properties (expressions of relationships) are a particular focus. Properties are potentially the most important aspect of the ontology for other traditional/folk musics outside the Irish tradition, as the phrases useful for describing relationships in Irish traditional music and dance may very well extend to other European and non-European music/dance traditions also reliant upon oral transmission.

Impact on Culture & Society: An ontology specific developed for Irish traditional music and dance provides necessary tools to describe, organise, and enable important cultural heritage materials to be more accessible across the web. 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 with similar considerations. The granularity of detail in relationships between objects and concepts supported by linked data will positively impact future academic research in a variety of disciplines and help generate new knowledge. Global interest in Irish traditional music and dance means LITMUS will help people worldwide discover new aspects of ITMA’s digital collections.

Further Information:

Ongoing progress and project updates are available on our LITMUS website, litmus.itma.ie, as well as by contacting Dr. Lynnsey Weissenberger at lynnsey.weissenberger@itma.ie.

LITMUS, Linked Irish Traditional Music, project results (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action grant number 750814) were generated with the assistance of EU financial support.

Short Description

The Linked Irish Traditional Music (LITMUS) project at the Irish Traditional Music Archive seeks to improve searching and access to web-based Irish traditional instrumental music, song, and dance resources through the development of a linked data ontology, and eventual framework. Currently available ontologies do not adequately meet the needs of describing orally-based traditions like Irish traditional music and dance. An ontology based upon the considerations of oral transmission will allow such items to be described and related to one another using term musicians and dancers themselves use; and will reflect the richness and diversity found within the tradition. 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 with similar considerations. Global interest in Irish traditional music and dance means LITMUS will help people worldwide discover new aspects of ITMA’s digital collections and help generate new knowledge.

Further Information:

Ongoing progress and project updates are available on our LITMUS website, litmus.itma.ie, as well as by contacting Dr. Lynnsey Weissenberger at lynnsey.weissenberger@itma.ie.

LITMUS, Linked Irish Traditional Music, project results (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action grant number 750814) were generated with the assistance of EU financial support.

Researcher Biography

Lynnsey Weissenberger holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies, postgraduate degrees in both Library and Information Studies and Arts Administration, and a B.A. in Music from Florida State University, where she directed the Irish Music Ensemble from 2010-2015. Lynnsey leads the LITMUS (Linked Irish Traditional Music) project at the Irish Traditional Music Archive, where she is developing a linked data ontology for Irish traditional music and dance. A former apprentice to world-renowned Irish fiddler James Kelly, her research brings the understanding of oral traditions and embodied socio-cultural knowledge to the challenges of representing, describing, organizing, and accessing all types of music within knowledge organisation frameworks and information systems. She has published in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Journal of Documentation, and Knowledge Organization, among others. She currently serves as chair of the History and Foundations special interest group of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Her personal website, including full curriculum vitae, is located at lynnseyweissenberger.com.

The Irish Traditional Music Archive | Taisce Cheol Dúchas Éireann

ITMA is a national reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song, music and dance of Ireland. At its premises in Dublin and online it offers access, free of charge, to the largest multimedia collection in existence dedicated to contemporary and historical Irish traditional music. Visitors are welcome to listen, view and browse thousands of sound recordings, videos, books, images and manuscripts which have been collected and preserved by ITMA since 1987. It is funded primarily by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Contact:

Irish Traditional Music Archive | Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann
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Dublin 2, Ireland D02 WK75
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