Submissions/We want scores!

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission

We want music scores!

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission
  • Anja Ebersbach,
  • Markus Glaser
E-mail address
Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)

Wikimedia e.V. Germany

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Not being able to write down music scores means to leave out a whole area of cultural heritage, which WM aims to preserve. Not only could various melodies and musical pieces be noted down, but also we could then approach archives and digitize their music, e.g. as part of GLAM. Support for writing music scores in Wikimedia sites has repeatedy been requested. Although there are some extensions around (e.g. and ), they have not been activated yet on live sites. We'd like to revive the discussion on the topic in many ways. Besides the technical aspects, there are several issues:

  • Copyright: What are restrictions concerning writing down music. Is there a different situation when you can actually hear the music? What is the situation in different countries?
  • Usability: What notation formats should be supported? What possibilities are there to integrate with the new WYSIWYG editor?
  • Player: Do we want to support a player for the music. What features should it have (e.g. sampling of instruments for orchestra pieces?). Does this have an impact on copyright issues?
  • Export: What are ways that we want to make the data exportable? Should it be a format that can be used to print sheet music? How about a link to PediaPress?

Purpose of this workshop is to discuss these topics with you all and start a draft specification. We need your input in order to make this a cool feature!

  • Technology and Infrastructure
Length of presentation/talk

25 Minutes

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  1. Quizmasti2 (talk) 03:04, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
  2. Awesome idea. SarahStierch (talk) 23:22, 24 March 2012 (UTC)
  3. Graham87 (talk) 14:14, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
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