[MEI-L] Wikimedia Commons request for comment on musical notation files

Stefan M√ľnnich stefan.muennich at unibas.ch
Tue Jan 29 12:56:19 CET 2019

Dear MEI-list members,

just for the record and the reference: The very interesting discussion about music notations formats on Wikimedia Commons has now been archived under


Thanks to all participants!


Von: mei-l <mei-l-bounces at lists.uni-paderborn.de> im Auftrag von Andrew Hankinson <andrew.hankinson at mail.mcgill.ca>
Gesendet: Montag, 26. November 2018 11:28
An: Music Encoding Initiative
Betreff: [MEI-L] Fwd: Wikimedia Commons request for comment on musical notation files

FYI, it would be good to get some members of the MEI community involved in this discussion, as there are a few things that need clarifying on what is there now.


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From: jc86035 <jc86035 at icloud.com<mailto:jc86035 at icloud.com>>
Subject: Wikimedia Commons request for comment on musical notation files
Date: 26 November 2018 at 10:17:44 GMT
To: public-music-notation at w3.org<mailto:public-music-notation at w3.org>, mei-l at lists.uni-paderborn.de<mailto:mei-l at lists.uni-paderborn.de>, lilypond-user at gnu.org<mailto:lilypond-user at gnu.org>, lilypond-devel at gnu.org<mailto:lilypond-devel at gnu.org>
Resent-From: public-music-notation at w3.org<mailto:public-music-notation at w3.org>

Hi all,

I'm a Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons editor (User:Jc86035<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jc86035>). Earlier in November I opened a request for comment<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump/Proposals#RfC:_Musical_notation_files> on Wikimedia Commons, proposing that several musical notation file formats (originally MuseScore, LilyPond and MusicXML) become uploadable on Commons, with the intention of eventually allowing audio and scores of some or all of the file types to be shown in pages like Wikipedia articles. (The MediaWiki software already has Extension:Score<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Score>, based on LilyPond and Fluidsynth, but there are various benefits to allowing music notation to be stored as files. Currently notation is shown in Wikipedia articles as images or PDFs, or used directly through the Score extension.)

Your feedback on which file formats Commons should support would be much appreciated; several developers have already provided input. Currently, the discussion is also evaluating MNX and MEI (of which the former doesn't exist yet; it's not clear to us how these two formats would interface and if supporting both would be redundant). If you've never edited a Wikimedia site before, anyone can create an account and participate in the discussion. (If discussion continues on the mailing lists I will link to new posts, although it would be preferable to have discussion all in one place.)


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