"MUSIC 2.0: MUSIC AND THE SEMANTIC WEB" Workshop is co-located with AES 122 Vienna Convention (May 5-8, 2007)
The workshop has been organised by the AES Technical Committee: Semantic Audio Analysis
Music and audio have evolved to encompass the Internet and all it offers for purchase and consumption of music.
But the Internet is evolving, too. With Web 2.0 products already on offer, how will this affect digital music? What are the advantages of using Semantic Web technologies instead, or upon Web 2.0?
This workshop will provide some answers to these questions.
Topics to be covered by well-known experts in this field, and leading researchers include: Semantic Web and Web 2.0; Semantic Audio basics; Current Music 2.0 projects; future Music 2.0 projects.
The Workshop will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (Room P).
Sunday, May 6th. 15:00 - 18:00
"MUSIC 2.0: MUSIC AND THE SEMANTIC WEB" Workshop is co-located with AES 122 Vienna Convention
Anybody interested in how music meets the web in 2007!
To attend this Workshop you simply need to register to the Access Exhibition only (prices may vary from 15 -advance registration- to 40 euros -onsite registration- for the 4 days attendance of the Convention).
15:00-15:30 Invited Speaker: Scott Cohen "The Death of Digital Sales" slides 15:30-15:45 Mark Sandler "The OMRAS2 project" slides 15:45-16:05 Oscar Celma "Music recommendation and discovery in...which Web?" slides 16:05-16:15 Break 16:15-16:35 Yves Raimond "Towards a musical Semantic Web" slides 16:40-17:10 Invited Speaker: Lucas Gonze "Albums after atoms" slides 17:15-17:50 Round table
Mark Sandler (Queen Mary, University of London)
Scott Cohen is one of the leading experts in digital distribution and new media. Mr. Cohen co-founded The Orchard in 1997 with legendary Producer/Songwriter and co-founder of Sire Records, Richard Gottehrer. The Orchard is the leading digital distributor of music in the world with offices in 27 countries, representing over 2,500 labels from more than 75 countries covering every genre of music with a catalogue of more than 1 million songs.
Mr. Cohen is a recognized public speaker and University Lecturer who travels the world evangelizing new models for the digital age.
Mr. Cohen began his career in the music business in the late 80's as an artist manager of both independent and Major Label artists. In addition to his responsibilities at The Orchard, Mr. Cohen manages The Raveonettes (Columbia/SonyBMG).
Abstract of the talk: "The Death of Digital Sales"
Users of the Internet exist in a 2.0 environment but the music business has a Web 1.0 mentality. Physical sales are declining at an accelerating pace and digital music needs to replace the lost income. The problem is not pirates stealing music. The problem is that digital music can never make enough money.
Lucas Gonze is a product manager at Yahoo! Music, where he landed after it bought his playlist-sharing site Webjay. In the past he has worked on Unix office automation software, e-commerce sites, web servers, peer to peer applications, and web services. During the bubble Lucas ran a web shop that morphed into a peer-to-peer startup that morphed into a dot-bomb. After that he made a living as a consultant, notably on web communities.
Lucas has spent his career in the world of free and open source software developers, where he focus on projects related to music libre in general and playlists in particular. His work on music includes Webjay, the XSPF playlist format, and a survey of playlist formats. He helped craft the formats for Creative Commons licenses in MP3, OGG, and SMIL. Lucas co-created CC Mixter.
Projects he has made driveby contributions to include CDR, JDOM, Mozilla, the Java FAQ, Freemarker, Mckoi, PoolMan, ANN, and MusicBrainz. Lucas have also written unix utilities such as m3udo and stats.
Abstract of the talk: "The Semantic Album"
The album is dead. Long live the semantic album! But what is this next generation? In what non-trivial ways does it differ from the last?
Mark Sandler was born in London, U.K. and educated at the University of Essex.
He is Professor of Signal Processing at Queen Mary, University of London, where he is also Director of the Centre for Digital Music.
Abstract of the talk: "The OMRAS2 project"
The OMRAS2 project represents several years of discussion, preparation and hard work - and that was just to get it funded. It follows on from the seminal OMRAS project, which claimed the world's first symbolic music retrieval from a polyphonic audio query over a meaningful test collection.
OMRAS2 will last 42 months and funds 132 man-months of research effort. Its aim is to provide a distributed research environment for Music Informatics scientists, Music Information Retrieval researchers and Computational Musicologists. All this will be built on top of Semantic Web technologies, including the Music Ontology.
This brief talk will outline the project and will attempt to kindle interest in the community, hoping that this will lead to an even bigger effort from UK and other researchers.
Oscar Celma is a researcher at Music Technology Group since 2000, and Lecturer at the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona (Spain).
Since 2006 he is an Invited Expert of the W3C Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group. He is a member of the program committee of the Workshop on Learning the Semantics of Audio Signals (LSAS). The main focus of his research lies in the music recommendation arena, especially hybrid approaches.
Recently, Oscar received the 2nd prize in the International Semantic Web Challenge for the system named "Foafing the Music", a personalized music recommendation that exploits music related information available from the web.
During his undergraduate studies, he also obtained the diplomas in classical guitar, and composition. Though, nowadays he only makes some noise from time to time, with his old Grestch G6118 Anniversary.
Abstract of the talk: "Music recommendation and discovery in...which Web?"
As the world of online music grows, music recommendation systems become an increasingly important way for music listeners to discover new music. Commercial recommenders such as Last.fm and Pandora have enjoyed commercial and critical success. But how well do these systems really work? How good are the recommendations? How far into the "long tail" do these recommenders reach? In this talk we look at the current state-of-the-art in music recommendation and music discovery in the Web.
But...which Web? the old-fashioned one that we all are used to? The "Web 2.0"? The "Semantic Web"?
And, how does these "environments" affect music recommendation strategies and social media interaction? This talk will present real examples that emphasize the uppers and downers of the different coexisting webs.
Furthermore, we will present the current tools that the Music Information Retrieval field offers to improve/refine the resulting recommendations, as well as easing the life to Content Providers when annotating huge music collections.
His research interests include Semantic Web technologies and automated music analysis for enhanced access to music-related information. He is one of the main contributor of the Music Ontology community project and is also involved in the Semantic Web Education and Outreach interest group Linking Open Data on the Semantic Web community project, where he deals with publishing and interlinking Creative Commons music repositories.
He also contributed to develop several open-source tools to help music analysis researchers use available information on the Semantic Web, manage computation occurring on such data and automatically share relevant results.
Abstract of the talk: "Towards a musical Semantic Web"
In this talk we first present some key "Semantic Web" technologies able to create a web of data, which automated user agents can explore in order to discover knowledge. We also briefly present the work done by the Linking Open Data on the Semantic Web community project, aiming at publishing open data on the Semantic Web, and interlinking them -creating "data mashups"-, sometimes hidden behind the "Web 3.0" buzzword.
After this introduction, we detail how these technologies help to create a large, distributed, music-related knowledge environment. First, we detail the Music Ontology community project, providing a formal framework to describe all sorts of music-related knowledge on the Semantic Web. We also describe some projects publishing and interlinking information using this ontology, coming from open data repositories: Musicbrainz, Creative Commons music repositories, Wikipedia, etc.
Finally, we explain how this web of data can be helpful for all sorts of applications: from enhanced information access to automatic music recommendation, through intelligent organizers and "semantic workspaces" for music analysis researchers.
The workshop has been organised by the AES Technical Committee: Semantic Audio Analysis
The co-organisers of the event are:
- Oscar Celma, Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona, SPAIN
- Mark Sandler, Queen Mary, University of London - London, UK