Summary Workshop on MEI

Session 1 (9:00-10:00): What is music encoding?

This session introduces the basic need for and techniques of music encoding using XML.

  • What is markup? What is its function? Why is it important?
  •  Basic concepts of XML: elements, attributes, document structure, and schemas
  • What is the role of standards such as MEI? Why do we need markup languages?

Session 2 (10:15-12:00): What is MEI?

The following issues will be addressed during this session:
MEI’s situation within the landscape of digital humanities scholarship: What are its intellectual affiliations and commitments?
 How does MEI support the creation of digital musical texts? What is its role in defining how music documents should be represented?
 How is MEI currently used, and how is it evolving?
 What are the alternatives to MEI? What are the advantages and risks of using a detailed encoding system like MEI?
Session 3 (1:30-3:00): Basics of Encoding with MEI
This session will introduce basic MEI elements and describe their use, using detailed musical examples (reflecting the interests of participants where possible).
Session 4 (3:15-4:30): MEI Application Tutorials
Building on the sessions in which generic XML tools are employed, this session introduces MEI-specific encoding tools, such as, MerMEId, MEISE, and the Edirom Editor. Participants will learn how these tools can be used to design workflows for entering, editing, and rendering MEI.
Session 5 (4:45-5:30): Wrap-up Discussion
Participants will reflect on MEI markup and tools and how they can be employed in the participants’ current and future projects. In addition, opportunities for participation in the MEI community will be covered.

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