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Workshop on usability and user experience for music information systems

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This workshop is organized by Research Axis 2 [Music information research] and by the MIRAI team (Music Information, Research, and Infrastructure), a research team funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture. It will be held in A832, on 8th floor of the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building of McGill University. This workshop is free and open to all. Registration is required.

  • Research Workshop
When Sep 25, 2015
from 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where A832, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West.
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How do we design music information systems that provide high-quality user experiences? How do we create interfaces that are both intuitive and efficient? System designers have been struggling to create a friendly user interface for something as mundane as uploading symbolic music files to a database. This Research Axis 2 workshop will focus on usability and user experience of various types of music information systems. Presentations and discussions will focus on issues related to the development of user-centered interfaces for listening to music, creating music, viewing music scores, searching audio and symbolic music, or browsing manuscripts or scores, among other things.



William Bain, McGill University

Masataka Goto, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Catherine Guastavino, McGill University

Emily Hopkins, McGill University

Reiner Krämer, McGill University

Audrey Laplante, Université de Montréal

Ariane Legault-Venne, Université de Montréal

Evan Magoni, McGill University

Nina Penner, McGill University

David Weigl, University of Oxford



  • 9:00-9:20: Masataka Goto: Welcome, opening remarks.
  • 9:20-9:40: Nina Penner and Emily Hopkins: Musicologists on GitHub: User experience and the ELVIS database.
  • 9:40-10:00: Alex Parmentier: ELVIS database: Challenges in designing intuitive UI for crowd-sourced content.
  • 10:00-10:20: Ariane Legault-Vienne and Audrey Laplante: Searching for music materials in libraries: Discovery tools as seen through the eyes of the users.
  • 10:20-10:40: William Bain: Designing for usability in the Cantus Ultimus project
  • 10:40-11:00: Coffee break
  • 11:00-11:20: Reiner Krämer: Mapping Renaissance Voice leading procedures
  • 11:20-11:40: Evan Magoni: Fitting manuscripts into the browser with Diva.js: Building an intuitive interface for exploring virtual documents
  • 11:45-12:05: David Weigl and Catherine Guastavino: Applying the stratified model of relevance interactions to music information retrieval
  • 12:05-13:00: Round-table discussion: Grand challenges in music research in the 21st century
  • 13:00-14:00: Lunch 
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