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

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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.

The objectives of this project are to:

  1. Publish the MusicBrainz metadatabase directly as a Linked Data resource on the semantic web;
  2. Link it to other music metadata on the semantic web;
  3. Create a semantic web query facility (SPARQL endpoint) for the MusicBrainz data;
  4. Develop tutorial materials to explain and illustrate how the content can be used;
  5. Engage the academic music and music informatics communities, and the broader semantic web community, in the development and use of the exposed content; and
  6. Investigate and report on issues such as scalability, provenance and sustainability of the resource.

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