This study is a call for action for the music information retrieval (MIR) community to pay more attention to collaboration with digital music archives. The study, which resulted from an interdisciplinary workshop and subsequent discussion, matches the demand for MIR technologies from various archives with what is already supplied by the MIR community. We conclude that the expressed demands can only be served sustainably through closer collaborations. Whereas MIR systems are described in scientific publications, usable implementations are often absent. If there is a runnable system, user documentation is often sparse---posing a huge hurdle for archivists to employ it. This study sheds light on the current limitations and opportunities of MIR research in the context of music archives by means of examples, and highlights available tools. As a basic guideline for collaboration, we propose to interpret MIR research as part of a value chain. We identify the following benefits of collaboration between MIR researchers and music archives: new perspectives for content access in archives, more diverse evaluation data and methods, and a more application-oriented MIR research workflow.
|Title of host publication||DLfM '17 Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Digital Libraries for Musicology|
|ISBN (Electronic)||ISBN: 978-1-4503-5347-2|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
De Valk, R., Volk, A., Holzapfel, A., Kroher, N., Six, J., & Pikrakis, A. (2017). MIRchiving: Challenges and opportunities of connecting MIR research and digital music archives. In DLfM '17 Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Digital Libraries for Musicology (pp. 25-28) https://doi.org/https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3144749.3144755