Controlled Vocabularies for Music Metadata

Abstract : We present a set of music-specific controlled vocabularies, formalized using Semantic Web languages, describing topics like musical genres, keys, or medium of performance. We have collected a number of existing vocabularies in various formats, converted them to SKOS and performed the interconnection of their equivalent terms. In addition, novel vocabularies, not available online before, have been designed by an editorial team. Next to multilingual labels and definitions, we provide hierarchical relations as well as links to external resources. We also show the application of those vocabularies for the production of vector embed-dings, allowing for the calculation of distances between keys or between instruments.
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Pasquale Lisena, Konstantin Todorov, Cécile Cecconi, Françoise Leresche, Isabelle Canno, et al.. Controlled Vocabularies for Music Metadata. ISMIR: International Society for Music Information Retrieval, Sep 2018, Paris, France. ⟨hal-01987704⟩



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