Indiana University has just received a $3 million grant from the Digital Libraries Initiative -Phase 2, a multi-agency federal program with funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The four-year grant will allow IU staff to establish a digital music library test bed, develop appropriate software, and seek answers to the thorny issues surrounding music-related intellectual property rights.
An essential goal of IU’s DLI2 proposal is to greatly expand access to the Digital Music Library testbed by demonstrating that users at other colleges and universities can have similar interaction with the digital collections and educational applications as will be available to students, teachers and scholars at Indiana University. Testing and evaluation of such access across national and international networks — including the commodity Internet and experimental high-performance networks — is an important component of this project. Major areas of testing will include: demonstration of interoperability, performance evaluation of network services, tests of usability, and expert evaluation of applications for music instruction and music library services.
Since IU has been in the forefront of developments in areas of digitizing and access, this would be an interesting development to follow, even though it is not directly connected to custodial/archival programs for composers.
From What Might Happen To Your Music After You Die and What You Can Do About It
by Barton McLean
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