Project TitleVariations2: The Indiana University Digital
PI NameMichael A. McRobbie
Indiana University is creating a digital library system
to store and provide
access to music in multiple media and formats: audio, video, musical scores, computerized score notation.
Variations2 is being created to support research and
education in music.Users will listen to sound recordings,
display images of printed
scores, view encoded score notation files, have notation translated into MIDI format for audio playback, use
links to connect a music work in
one format to a representation in a different
format, and search the entire collection in all formats from a single search engine.
Variations2 is an interdisciplinary project, with a
project team comprised of
faculty and graduate students representing various disciplines and specialties -- computer science, law,
library and information science,
music -- as well as librarians and information technologists specializing in digital libraries.
The project integrates information systems design with
research focused in the areas of
usability, intellectual property, music pedagogy, network performance and monitoring, and
Seven institutions participate in the project as
"satellite sites", engaged
in user testing, test and evaluation of network access to synchronized multimedia, and evaluation of music
teaching tools.Three are in the US (Univ. of Illinois, Northwestern
Univ., Univ. of Massachusetts);
three in the UK (Kings College, Loughborough Univ., Oxford); and one in Japan (Waseda Univ.).
Version 1.0: search, score viewer, and audio player tools
lesson developed using music theory teaching tool