Linked Music Hackathon: October 9th 2015

The SLICKMEM and SLoBR Semantic Media projects present:

The Linked Music Hackathon brings together those with a shared passion for music and the data that describes it: students, coders, researchers from all disciplines, and members of the public; all with an interest in exploring, combining, playing, hacking, and creating with the vast wealth of musical information now available in digital form.

We will provide access to a number of linked (and potentially linkable!) musical datasets drawn from sources including the British Library and the BBC, with a particular focus on historical music data including early European music of the 16th and 17th centuries; as well as a collection of tools and expertise to aid in the interlinking, analysis, creative use, and (re-)publication of this data.

Come and bring your ideas, enthusiasm, your own datasets and software, arts and craft materials, friends and colleagues! Technical expertise is not a requirement (although certainly much valued!) -- friendly techy collaborators will be available on the day. The goal is, loosely stated, to create something amazing, from scratch, within a very short time.

This event will take place at Goldsmiths, University of London, from 10am to 5pm on Fri October 9th 2015.

Specifically, we will be in the Richard Hoggart Building, room number 300 (known as "RHB300"); building number 25 on this map.

This event is organised by Kevin Page and David Weigl at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre; and Richard Lewis at Goldsmiths University of London.

Datasets taking part:

  • British Library - Early Music Online (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Electronic Corpus of Lute Music
  • Linking BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show programme resources
  • Concert programme data from the In Concert project
  • More to come!


Attendance is FREE but tickets are required - please click here to register!.
The first batch of tickets has now been released.

Provisional schedule

09:30: Coffee
10:00: Introduction
10:30: Presentation of datasets
11:00: Hacking starts!
13:00: Free pizza lunch provided! (please contact us with any dietary constraints regarding lunch)
16:00: Presentations
17:00: Close. Discussions continue at pub!


Would you like to sponsor the Linked Music Hackathon? Please get in touch!

Adapted from Portion of a ms. leaf by POP (CC BY 2.0)


This event is funded by the EPSRC Semantic Media Network.


Contributing datasets generously provided by:

You have data that you would like to contribute? Please send us an e-mail!