Royal Academy finds information management is music to the ears

The Royal Academy of Music is deploying a new information management system to handle its massive online musical archive.

The Royal Academy of Music is deploying a new information management system to handle its massive online musical archive.

The academy has gone to NetworkedPlanet for its TMCore information management platform to support its RAMline multi-dimensional music index.

The new platform will provide an intelligent navigation system for what has the potential to become the largest and most comprehensive online music resource on the internet; linking profiles, discographies, performances and musical compositions of any artist or genre.

The TMCore topic map engine will make it easy for users - initially academics and academy students, and in the future, music enthusiasts worldwide - to locate and browse over 100,000 individual in-house and external resources, such as sound clips, images, websites and details of live performances.

Among the in-house resources that will be drawn together to form the site will be the Academy's existing music libraries, collections, and teaching materials, as well as new content created by its students as part of their research assignments.

External resources such as online dictionaries and record company databases will also be integrated into the system. As each new resource is added, the system attaches topic, theme and relationship metadata to each one, enabling it to be categorised as part of a larger grid of files - all connected semantically.

Antony Pitts, senior lecturer in creative technology at the Royal Academy of Music, said, "The RAMline project is hugely ambitious - it aims to bring together all of the Academy's internal and external resources, and will offer a completely new way of looking at music history.”

“It has the potential to become the largest and most comprehensive online music resource on the internet, which will serve as a learning and research tool for our students and, in the future, a knowledge portal for the public. Using topic maps allows us to create, locate and access each resource rapidly and easily."

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