During a weekend full of meetings, the focus kept returning to the world of classical music, and classical music metadata. Several ideas and thoughts were expressed, which left me curious about what MeB’s role to the classical music world is/could be and if we should put a team together of enthusiasts to specifically support the world of classical music. While we had a quick meeting about this after monday’s MeB status meeting,@Freso suggested it deserved a forum post as well.
Quesito’s initial thoughts/questions:
- Could we form a classical music enthusiasts group dedicated to the growth of our database and communication about classical music?
- Could we continue to grow our global community by extending communication forms (IRC channel/forum) specifically for classical music enthusiasts?
- Could we as we continue to add to our database, become the leader in classical music database structure and content?
- What current MeB member and classical music expert could lead this group, if one should be formed?
- Has MeB had a group focused on classical music in the past?
From the topic introduction discussion, we quickly went into the issues MB has with UI/UX, as a whole, with all types of music metadata. While this is no doubt a large issue for MeB and on the top of our priority list, it’d also be nice to note the differences classical music metadata UI/UX may need, that would differ from the rest of music metadata. We continued to form a list of other questions pertaining to this topic and coinciding document:
- Does the data model capture everything we want to capture?
a. Does the data model capture everything others want it to capture?
b. Who should we be asking?
- Do the editing tools make it feasible?
- Do the style guidelines align with user expectations?
- Does the api let one get at the data efficiently?
- Do we even agree on what questions the api should answer?
- Have we asked data consumers what questions /they/ think the api should be able to answer?
a. when this comes up, I feel like we sometimes get defensive and protest “but the data model is good!”
- What extent should ‘classical’ be a special case in MB? Currently it is, but partly because of legacy.
- How many of these issues can be re-framed so that they become @reosarevok’s problem?
Other notes from the meeting:
- Possible classical blog posts from @reosarevok
- Inviting industry folks from labels to be part of the discussion
- Bringing together researchers/industry people to the (possible) classical IRC channel.
- @loujin’s amazing data visualization work already giving life/education and beauty to the world of classical music.
- Tutorials / Youtube Videos
So to conclude:
Is there enough interest to form a Classical music metadata team to discuss, further and grow the MeB Classical Music Metadata World?