Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) and Dr Lynnsey Weissenberger

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) and Dr Lynnsey Weissenberger

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Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) and Dr Lynnsey Weissenberger to lead groundbreaking traditional music information research project. ITMA is delighted to announce that it has been awarded funding of over 187,000 [euro] to host one of the European Commission's inaugural Marie Curie Society & Enterprise Fellowships. Dr Lynnsey Weissenberger a postdoctoral researcher in Library & Information Studies from Florida State University--and a practising Irish traditional musician--will join ITMA in July 2017 to lead the two-year LITMUS project.

LITMUS (Linked Irish Traditional Music) seeks to improve searching and access to Web-based Irish traditional music, song, and dance resources through the development of a Linked Data framework. The project will utilise ITMA's extensive Irish traditional music collections as well as introducing Dr Weissenberger to an international network of Irish traditional musicians and researchers. She will also be seconded for six months to the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway. While tailored to Irish traditional music, it is hoped that this EC Horizon 2020 project will provide a working model for other European and non-European traditional musics.

The highly competitive Society and Enterprise Individual Fellowship scheme awarded funding totalling 8 million [euro] to almost fifty projects across Europe, including six in Ireland. Welcoming the inception of the project, ITMA Chairman Dermot McLaughlin said: "Sharing and increasing access to the materials of traditional music is at the core of what we do at ITMA. …

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