January 23, 2022

Journal Article: “Data Curation and the Arts: How Do Musicians Curate Their Data?”

The following full text article (accepted for publication manuscript version) was recently published in Music Reference Services Quarterly 19, no. 3–4 (2016).


Data Curation and the Arts: How Do Musicians Curate Their Data?


Amy S. Jackson
University of New Mexico

Jonathan Wheeler
University of New Mexico

Todd Quinn
University of New Mexico


University of New Mexico (UNM) Digital Repository
Final Version Published in: Music Reference Services Quarterly 19, no. 3–4 (2016)


Professional musicians were surveyed to determine how personal, amateur recordings of performances are shared with students and colleagues. Sharing files on social media is common, with Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo used most frequently. Although these are popular social media platforms, they do not have enhanced format support and robust metadata. Additionally, licensing terms for each platform differ, and may be not in the best interest of the musician. Although recordings are not traditionally considered data, data curation principles can be applied to these types of files, and the library is positioned to become an active participant in this process.

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