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Welcome to MuseWiki!

Born in Lausanne on July 15th, 2020

Hi there,

this site aims at offering a platform to music researchers for collaborative curation of research data and makes use of the Mediawiki/Wikibase framework which is best known for its use in Wikipedia/Wikidata. MuseWiki is currently in a pre-alpha state and the first big task is to design a robust data model fulfilling the needs of a maximum of people and communities. The main focus will lie on the curation of the following kinds of data:

  • historical and contemporary music-related persons (roles: musicians, theorists, composers, their employers, patrons, teachers, entrepreneurs etc.) and institutions (e.g., Salomon Concerts, Professional Concerts ...)
  • biographical data: event data (e.g., concerts) and geodata
  • compositions, texts (reviews, letters, treatises, and scholarly work) and their digital representations
  • music analyses

The data model is to be designed in a way that the data can be queried in manifold ways using the MuseWiki Query Service and that it interfaces with the most prominent RDF ontologies, especially with the Erlangen implementation of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model which is widely used throughout the humanities. If you are interested in participating in designing the data model(s), please write to Johannes Hentschel so we can create a user account for you.

Planned Features

(by order of decreasing importance)

This section is currently used to keep track of MuWi's development. The technical setup is based on a fork of the WikiMedia docker-images. The related issues are managed on Phabricator.

Sitelinks & Rendering SPARQL results in articles

View on Phabricator

This missing feature is the current bottleneck for everything that follows: It is a prerequisite for concretising the data model. We plan to use automatically queried content a lot within articles about composers, compositions, and, for example, musical patterns.

Data consolidation endpoint for OpenRefine

Parts of the community are currently working on getting this to work for custum Wikibases and we hope to jump on the train by the end of 2020.

Bulk import with QuickStatements

Our QuickStatements service is up and running. However, it's use is currently quite limited:

  • When entering a value for the property P3 Wikidata Entity, e.g. Q231, the value is turned into a MuseWiki URL automatically.


User registration mails

See documentation for configuring SMTP.

Rendering music

We will start with the Score extension for rendering LilyPond code. But at a later point it would be great to render parts of music generically from scores, e.g. from MEI, XML or MuseScore files.


Getting started with MediaWiki