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Anne MacNeil: “A new breed of critical edition: the role of digital humanities in transforming music scholarship”


April 14, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Humanities 1, Room 202 | Free

Hands on (Digital) Humanities with Prof. Anne MacNeil

Anne MacNeil will give a demonstration of her digital humanities project, IDEA Music, and the new software toolkit, Prospect, that powers it. In the last year, MacNeil’s close collaboration with programmer Michael Newton (UNC Digital Innovation Lab) and other members of the DIL community in developing Prospect has resulted in a powerful platform that has transformed IDEA Music into a multi-dimensional, multi-media publication that challenges the tradition concept of “critical edition”. The presentation will include a brief video from Michael Newton about his conceptualization of the data science underlying Prospect, together with MacNeil’s demonstration of the project administrator’s role in configuring relational databases and visualizations and of the front-end user interface (GUI). Also included will be a description of Professor MacNeil’s work with bioinformatics specialists in developing a model for music analysis using a modified Waterman algorithm, originally developed for analyzing amino acids.

Co-sponsored by the Music Department, Italian Studies, and The Gary D. Licker Memorial Chair, Cowell College




April 14, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Directions in Digital Humanities


Humanities 1, Room 202