Music Collections at Cardiff – Welcome to the Project !

“Welcome to the blog of the Cardiff University project, funded by JISC, to make available online detailed catalogue descriptions of nearly 3,000 pieces of European music, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.

“These rare and unique resources are not widely known to the international scholarly music community, so the School of Music and the University Library will collaborate to ensure we open up access to as many audiences as possible, who may have an interest in this material, which will be freely accessible over the web.

“We will work in partnership with colleagues in Royal Holloway – University of London, with RISM (UK) at the British Library, and with academic colleagues in Queen’s University Belfast,  the University of Utrecht, and colleagues at  JISC also. We will welcome comments to the blog from not only the partners in the project, but others with an interest in our work. We will be engaging with a wide range of external stakeholders during the project, so all are encouraged to contribute to this new venture.”

Professor David Wyn Jones, Project Director, Head of School of Music, Cardiff University.


“Staff in Cardiff University Library’s Information Services will be coordinating the activities on this project, to help ensure we successfully complete the work for which JISC has provided the funding.

“This blog will be the main communication medium for the project, and all partners will have access to the blog – to post their own messages, comment on other’s messages, update  project partners on progress in various strands of the work, and so on. Please feel free to contact us with any enquiries also, as the project develops.

“The blog will cover the following elements of the project’s work  over the next six or seven months (and possibly beyond), to allow a broad sweep of communications on all aspects of our work, and to maintain progress on milestones we will be setting, to ensure timely completion of the project. These are: the project plan (available via the web); problems to be addressed in the project; issues around use and users of our project outputs; any licensing, legal, or ethical issues; our technological approach; what lessons we can learn; and benefits for others from our project approach. We look forward to a lively and interesting discussion!”

Peter Keelan, Project Manager, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University Library.