Pachet, François, La Burthe, Amaury, Aucouturier, Jean-Julien and Beurivé, Anthony Editorial Metadata in Electronic Music Distribution Systems: Between Universalism and Isolationism. Journal of New Music Research, 34(2):173-184, June 2005.

Sony CSL authors: Jean-Julien Aucouturier, Anthony Beurivé, Amaury La Burthe, François Pachet


We address the problem of metadata management in the context of future Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) systems. We propose a classification of existing musical editorial systems in two categories: the isolationists and the universalists. Universalists propose shared information, at the expense of consensuality. Isolationists approaches allow individual parameterization, at the expense of the lack of reusability. We propose an architecture and a system for managing editorial metadata that lies in the middle of these two extremes viewpoints: we organize musical editorial information in such a way that users can benefit from shared metadata when they wish, while allowing them to create and manage a private version of editorial information. A mechanism allows synchronizing both views (the shared and the private view).

Keywords: metadata, Music Browser


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@ARTICLE { pachet:05c, AUTHOR="Pachet, François and La Burthe, Amaury and Aucouturier, Jean-Julien and Beurivé, Anthony", JOURNAL="Journal of New Music Research", MONTH="June", NUMBER="2", PAGES="173-184", TITLE="Editorial Metadata in Electronic Music Distribution Systems: Between Universalism and Isolationism", VOLUME="34", YEAR="2005", }