We are thrilled to report that MEI has received three more years of support from the DFG and NEH.
The DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital Humanities Program: Enriching Digital Collections Program has provided funding for a three year, bilateral, collaborative effort to produce a Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) demonstration project and to engage in dissemination efforts that will establish MEI as the predominant academic encoding standard for music notation.
The demonstration project will include basic software for transforming material into MEI, a searchable archive of representative MEI-encoded data, and a prototype delivery system for items in the archive. Our dissemination efforts – presentations at professional conferences, the provision of workshops, the formal foundation of a governing council, and a first "MEI Members Meeting" – will all contribute to the establishment and expansion of the community base we have been building this past year. In turn, we expect that the widening community will itself begin to attract new users and trigger the development of additional tools for MEI outside this project.
In order to carry out this project the National Endowment for the Humanities has provided $161,175 and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft €128,148. Johannes Kepper, Erin Mayhood, Perry Roland and Joachim Veit are named principal investigators for the project.
This new grant adds to the ever growing momentum in the MEI community and I hope you will all accept our thanks for your support over the past year. We look forward to continued collaboration!
-- A special interest group has been formed by the TEI Consortium in order to explore how the text and music markup communities might mutually benefit by a more formal relationship between MEI and TEI. Use the group's mailing list and wiki available at http://www.tei-c.org/Activities/SIG/Music/ to follow future developments.
-- As part of the TextGrid project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (http://www.textgrid.de), a graphical MEI editor is being developed. The editor will allow for the display and editing of common Western music notation. A working prototype is expected by mid-2010, followed by a full release in early 2012.
A meeting of international musicologists and librarians took place in July 2009 to evaluate and revise the MEI schema. Erin Mayhood, the Head of the University of Virginia Music Library, and Roland are co-PIs on the American portion of the grant, while Joachim Veit and Johannes Kepper of the Universität Paderborn are co-PIs in Germany. Daniel Pitti, IATH's associate director, is experienced in the development and implementation of mark-up schema standards and is serving as an advisor to the group. The projects is jointly funded by the NEH and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation).
A second meeting is scheduled at the Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar Detmold/Paderborn in Detmold, Germany in spring, 2010.