[MEI-L] FW: Invitation to New W3C Music Notation Community Group

Roland, Perry D. (pdr4h) pdr4h at eservices.virginia.edu
Tue Jul 28 20:58:39 CEST 2015

Hello everyone,

This appears to be an open invitation for anyone interested in music notation on the web to join the group, so consider yourselves invited.

Hoping everyone's having a great summer,


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Doug Schepers [mailto:schepers at w3.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 2:33 PM
> To: Andrew Hankinson; Ardal Powell; Barbara Mackenzie; Bob Hamblok; Bob Judd;
> Frans Wiering; Ichiro Fujinaga; Jonathan Greenberg; Laurent Pugin; Michael Scott
> Cuthbert; Roland, Perry D. (pdr4h); Richard Freedman; Zdravko Blazekovic
> Cc: Joseph Berkovitz; Michael Good; Daniel Spreadbury
> Subject: Invitation to New W3C Music Notation Community Group
> Hi, folks–
> You were all recommended to me as people interested in digital music
> notation. Some of you I've exchanged emails with before.
> Late last year, there were preliminary informal discussions about
> digital music notation standards as a W3C Community Group; I'm not
> really involved in this topic, but was brought in because of my
> association with W3C (the Web standards organization) and our Audio
> Working Group. There is obvious overlap between the Web Audio API, the
> Web MIDI API, and interest in music notation, and I'm personally
> interested in making sure that significant structured artifacts of human
> culture, like music notation, can be represented on the Web.
> After much discussion among various communities, the principle leads for
> MusicXML and SMuFL, Michael Good and Daniel Spreadbury, agreed that
> W3C's Community Groups would be a good place to develop these
> specifications further. Joe Berkovitz from Noteflight helped drive this,
> and I was honored to help facilitate the process of creating a Music
> Notation Community Group [1], which launched yesterday.
> W3C offers the Community Group framework as an free and open discussion
> area for possible future standards; there is no cost to participate in a
> W3C Community Group. Of course, MusicXML is already a defacto standard,
> by merit of its wide adoption among music notation software, but there
> is an opportunity to help make it more natively "Webby", which is what
> makes W3C a good home. To be clear, W3C Community Groups don't produce
> formal W3C standards, but sufficiently mature and well-developed
> informal specifications can be taken up by W3C for formal standardization.
> The goal of the Music Notation Community Group is to foster open
> discussion, and to create technical documents that are useful to the
> music notation, and which may become standards. In addition to
> conversation, this may include collecting use cases and requirements,
> making interoperability tests, and drafting proposals for specification
> text.
> While MusicXML is one of the two initial inputs into the Music Notation
> Community Group, this doesn't preclude discussion of the Music Encoding
> Initiative (MEI) or other digital music notation projects or approaches.
> We invite everyone to participate, and hope that a wide variety of
> experts in the notation community will join the Music Notation CG [2]
> and have a lively, friendly, and productive discussion!
> Please feel free to invite other people interested in technical
> discussion of digital music notation, or to pass this email along.
> [1] https://www.w3.org/community/music-notation/
> [2] https://www.w3.org/community/music-notation/join/
> Regards-
> -Doug

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