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Current 2005
Volume 2   Issue 1


The Mùsica Colonial Project

Ting Gan
Miami University Libraries
Oxford, Ohio 45056
(513) 529-0135


The Musica Colonial project is digitizing a music score collection that consists of 811 Spanish cathedral works written by various composers in the Colonial times. The Miami University Libraries was fortunate to have access to the original collection on microfilm, presently archived at the Mesoamerican Center for Regional Research (CIRMA), which made it possible to create digital copies and provide public access points.

We finished scanning the entire collection, more than 10,000 images, in two years. Now we are on the second stage of the project – transcribing each image by hand. Since the original music scores are mostly hand-written and have deteriorated tremendously over the years, most of the scores are difficult to read. We are using a music mark-up language called Lilypond to transcribe the DjVu images into PDF and MIDI files, therefore improving the readability and accessibility of the music pieces. Three part-time student assistants and one full-time librarian are actively participating in the transcription work.

The next stage of the project is to design an online search interface to allow users to carry out bibliographic and content-based music information retrieval on the collection. Various fields and methodologies of research can be done on this collection because of its multi-faceted and culturally rich content. We hope to bring this collection to the public soon!

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© Copyright 2005 Ting Gan
Some or all of these materials were previously published in the Proceedings of the 5th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital libraries, ACM 1-58113-876-8/05/0006.

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