Partner introduction: The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Sound and Vision is home to one of the largest music collections in the Netherlands
14 May 2021

What is the relation between your organisation/institution and music?

Sound and Vision is home to one of the largest music collections in the Netherlands. As a national audio-visual archive, we hold close to half a million music carriers, ranging from wax cylinders to records and CDs. The television archive also holds concert registrations and music programs and our storage rooms are filled with technological objects related to music history. We are looking to improve access to these collections for researchers, but also for the general public, by providing innovative tools for increased understanding and engagement with these collections.

What do you bring to the Polifonia project?

Apart from access to our music collections, we bring knowledge and open-source tooling for building knowledge graphs and thematic presentations based on these graphs to the Polifonia project, especially to the INTERLINK pilot. In the Netherlands we are collaborating with other heritage institutions to create a distributed network of heritage information, in which individual institutions publish their metadata at the source as Linked Data. Third party users can then query these collections in a knowledge graph, and create presentations on topics that are relevant to their specific communities or users.  

What do you hope to get out of the Polifonia project?

The history of music is not confined to individual nations: performers, musical genres and compositions spread across Europe, influencing each other. Therefore, a European perspective on our musical heritage is much needed. Also, until now, Sound and Vision has restricted itself to building graphs based on metadata. The Polifonia project aims to go further and provide data based on an in-depth analysis of the music itself which will offer fascinating new insights into our musical heritage.

Image credits: The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum. Hay Kranen, CC-BY 4.0

Recent News

Prominent figures in knowledge organisation Richard Smiraglia, Andrea Scharnhorst & Femmy Admiraal will give talks in the Polifonia Data Management webinar on 23 September

Join us for the Polifonia webinar on Research Data Management and Knowledge Organisation in Musicology…

22 September 2021
Bringing knowledge of linguistic research used for the extraction of music heritage from the text

What is the relation between your organisation/institution and music?  The University of Bologna…

20 September 2021
Richard Smiraglia, Andrea Scharnhorst & Femmy Admiraal will give talks in the Polifonia Data Management webinar on 23 September

Join us for the Polifonia webinar on Research Data Management and Knowledge Organisation in Musicology…

17 September 2021
Partners from KNAW, CNRS, and OU introduced the Polifonia portal at the Interfaces DARIAH Annual Event 7-9 September 2021

Polifonia members delivered the presentation ‘The Polifonia portal: a confluence of user stories,…

14 September 2021
Enrico Daga delivers two presentations relevant to Polifonia at the SEM-EU conference 6-9 September 2021

Polifonia members are participating in the SEMANTiCS Conference held in Amsterdam between 6-9 September…

6 September 2021
Polifonia and Odeeuropa team up to kick off the First International Workshop on Multisensory Data & Knowledge at LDK, on 1 Sept. 2021

The H2020 projects Polifonia and Odeeuropa join forces to organise the first International Workshop…

1 September 2021
Podiumkunst.net is creating a portal for the rich digital heritage of music and the performing arts in the Netherlands

Polifonia is building a knowledge graph for European musical heritage. In the Netherlands, the new platform…

23 August 2021
KCL’s main interest and expertise is collaboratively representing and engineering cultural knowledge

What is the relation between your organisation/institution and music?  King’s has a long and…

18 August 2021
The Cédric Lab. of the CNAM has a long history in research on music representation such as digital music processing and music information retrieval

What is the relation between your organisation/institution and music?  The Cédric laboratory…

6 August 2021
Helen Barlow explains the relevance children’s experience of music in the past and how to find the historical evidence for it

Music and Childhood is one of ten pilots in the Polifonia research project into European musical heritage,…

23 July 2021

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N. 101004746