Specialised Information Service for Musicology (musiconn)

FundingGerman Research Foundation (DFG)
Project term01/02/2014 – 31/01/2017
2nd project phase:
01/01/2017 – 31/12/2019
Project partnersBayerische Staatsbibliothek
Saxon State and University Library Dresden
Contact addressesJürgen Diet
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
juergen.diet@bsb-muenchen.de
Dr. Barbara Wiermann
Saxon State and University Library Dresden
barbara.wiermann@slub-dresden.de

1st project phase

In February 2014, the project "Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Musikwissenschaft" ("Specialised Information Service for Musicology") started at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and initially scheduled for a duration of three years.

In addition to subsidising the acquisition of conventional media (books, journals and printed sheet music) and e-media, also the further development of the Virtual Library of Musicology (ViFaMusik) of the FID is supported. Among other things, it is intended to develop the ViFaMusik search function in the direction of a European music catalogue by integrating further data sources, to add further content and additional functionalities to the new ViFaMusik document server and to further develop the RISM OPAC.

A more extensive account of the tasks in the FID Musicology can be found in the following journal article:
Diet, Jürgen; Nägele, Reiner: Der Fachinformationsdienst Musikwissenschaft und die neue Rolle der ViFaMusik.
In: Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis 38 (2014) 1, p. 56-61.

There are close ties between the expert community of musicologists and the FID Musicology. The FID board of advisers established in the spring of 2014 ensures this among other things.

Further information about the FID Musicology can also be found in the musiconn blog:
FID article in the musiconn blog

2nd project phase

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) and the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden; SLUB) have started the second phase of the "Fachinformationsdienst Musikwissenschaft" (FID Musikwissenschaft, "Specialised Information Service for Musicology"), a three-year project subsidised by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with around EUR 1.5 million. The objective of the project is to make relevant information services for cutting-edge research in musicology available professionally in Germany.

In the course of the coming three years, the BSB and the SLUB will further expand the already existing services of the FID, adding new, innovative services. The two libraries will jointly develop further the International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM), which will be expanded by detailed descriptions of printed works from the field of music in addition to music manuscripts. The BSB will further expand the information portal "Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Musikwissenschaft" ("Virtual Library of Musicology", www.vifamusik.de), ensure the long-term archiving of websites relevant for musicology and take on the challenges of optical music recognition (OMR). Comprehensive collection building for the subject of musicology will be continued in the tried and tested form by the BSB in the fields of conventional and electronic media as well. At the SLUB, a database will be developed for collecting performance documents, such as concert programmes, posters, etc., which will offer new perspectives for the academic discussion of the German and international concert business. The new range of services will also encompass a specialised repository in which musicological literature will be made available under open access conditions.

The continuing exchange with the specialist community will be ensured by an advisory committee consisting of 13 members from relevant institutions and associations. In addition to papers at conferences and journal articles, road shows are planned to raise potential users' awareness of the new service offer of the FID Musicology, where the project partners will visit musicological institutes to report about the services of the FID.

In January 2018 the trademark "musiconn – Für vernetzte Musikwissenschaft" ("musiconn – Musicology connected") was introduced for all services developed in the past, present and future within the scope of the FID Musicology at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich and at the Saxon State and University Library in Dresden.

Complete press release  (PDF, 75 KB)

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