Digital Musicology Workshop at Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, 2017

Digital Musicology Workshop

Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, 2017

Bursary and Registration

Digital Musicology: Applied computational and informatics methods for enhancing musicology

Official website: http://

Dates: 3–7 July 2017

Registration: Open now – click here to register. Registration ends 18 June. Discounted registration until 30 April.

A bursary is available. Deadline for applications: 31 March

About the workshop

A wealth of music and music-related information is now available digitally, offering tantalizing possibilities for digital musicologies. These resources include large collections of audio and scores, bibliographic and biographic data, and performance ephemera -- not to mention the ‘hidden’ existence of these in other digital content. With such large and wide ranging opportunities come new challenges in methods, principally in adapting technological solutions to assist musicologists in identifying, studying, and disseminating scholarly insights from amongst this ‘data deluge’.

This workshop provides an introduction to computational and informatics methods that can be, and have been, successfully applied to musicology. Many of these techniques have their foundations in computer science, library and information science, mathematics and most recently Music Information Retrieval (MIR); sessions are delivered by expert practitioners from these fields and presented in the context of their collaborations with musicologists, and by musicologists relating their experiences of these multidisciplinary investigations.

The workshop comprises a series of lectures and hands-on sessions, supplemented with reports from musicology research exemplars. Theoretical lectures are paired with practical sessions in which attendees are guided through their own exploration of the topics and tools covered. Laptops will be loaned to attendees with the appropriate specialised software installed and preconfigured.

Participants also attend morning lectures and masterclasses with participants from other workshops, these sessions cover topics including using face and pattern recognition on photo archives, computer vision and machine learning for image collections, researching and teaching the legislative history of formal negotiations, creative computing and experimental humanities (Ada Lovelace), and Wikipedia’s sister projects as platforms for Digital Humanities.

There will also be optional evening events (some at additional cost), including a guided tour of Oxford, an evening drinks and poster session at the Weston Library, the TORCH lecture, and an evening at Exeter College. Participants are invited to submit posters for the welcome reception at the Weston Library by Wednesday 19th April.

Please note that numbers for this workshop are limited, and we cannot guarantee that places will still be available towards the end of the registration period.

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The Summer School organisers offer a small number of bursaries for attendance to students and early-career researchers. One of these is available specifically for participants in the Digital Musicology workshop.

The deadline for applications is NOON on Friday 31st March.

Applicants for the bursaries can come from any institution and must be either :

  • a doctoral, MPhil, masters’ or undergraduate student in full-time or part-time education, or
  • an early-career researcher in a higher or further education institution not more than 3 years past receipt of their PhD (i.e. passed the viva examination in April 2014 or later)

In addition they must:

  • Not have already registered for DHOxSS 2017
  • Not have received a bursary to attend DHOxSS in previous years

Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Full name, e-mail address and affiliation
  • Career stage
  • Preferred workshop strand

To assist the selection process, applicants will also be asked for two short supporting statements (at most 250 words each):

  • A short statement of your intended use of digital techniques in your area of research and the benefits you expect from attending DHOxSS 2017.
  • A statement on how you would share what you have learned at the summer school within your institution or the wider Digital Humanities community eg a blog, workshop, presentation, report, social media posts or podcast/video. If you are intending to use social media, please specify the tools you would use. The Oxford e-Research Centre and DHOxSS will assist with dissemination to the wider community if you do not have networks/links already in place.

Preference will be given by the judging panel to applicants who demonstrate the most benefit from attending and the most effective dissemination methods.

Unsuccessful applicants will be given the opportunity to register for the conference at a reduced rate.

Applicants will be notified of the judging panel’s decision by Thursday 13th April 2017.

To apply or for more information, please visit the bursaries page