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Project Plan Post 1 of 7: Aims, Objectives and Final Output(s) of the project

The MusicBrainz user community has created a metadatabase describing over 9 million musical recordings, which is used by media players and web services such as the BBC's /music. The data is structured but not linked. Part of this data has been made available on the semantic web in the past, but it lacks recent extensions and updates, as it was not based on a sustainable model. With the release of MusicBrainz' Next Generation Schema (June 2010, beta 2), it is an appropriate time to map the new metadata to RDF and publish the Linked Data directly from the MusicBrainz website. This data will be linked to music metadata on the semantic web (e.g. DBpedia, BBC), and exposed via a SPARQL endpoint. We will engage with end users in the Music and Music Informatics fields, providing tutorial materials and workshops to encourage uptake of project outputs. We will investigate and report on major issues arising in the project, such as scalability, provenance and sustainability.

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