What's the score at the Bodleian?

Project Description:

The principal aim of the project is to investigate a cost-effective approach to increasing access to music scores from the Bodleian’s collections, to be achieved by a combination of rapid digitization and the creation of descriptive metadata through crowd-sourcing. A recent pilot study concluded that traditional retrospective cataloguing of the music collections would require extensive funding and would take many years to achieve, and it is intended that the methodology and outcomes of this project should be used to inform a more economical approach to creating access to other material in the Bodleian.

The approach will be two-fold: firstly to undertake all procedures associated with the online delivery of digital surrogates for a proposed selection of material (to include basic descriptive metadata, conservation, tracking, delivery platform and preservation); and secondly to create an environment which allows for, and encourages, the enhancement of the basic metadata through crowd-sourcing and additional features such as Music OCR and online performances.

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