Digital workflow management: The Lester S. Levy digitized collection of sheet music

G. Sayeed Choudhury, Cynthia Requardt, Ichiro Fujinaga, Tim DiLauro, Elizabeth W. Brown, James W. Warner, Brian Harrington


This paper describes the development of a set of workflow management tools (WMS) that will reduce the manual input necessary to manage the workflow of large-scale digitization projects. The WMS will also support the path from physical object and/or digitized material into a digital library repository by providing effective tools for perusing multimedia elements. The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music Project at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at The Johns Hopkins University provides an ideal testbed for the development and evaluation of the WMS. Building upon the previous effort to digitize the entire Collection of over 29,000 pieces of sheet music, optical music recognition (OMR) software will create sound files and full-text lyrics. The combination of image, text and sound files provide a comprehensive multimedia environment. The functionality of the Collection will be enhanced by the incorporation of metadata, the implementation of a disk-based search engine for lyrics, and the development of toolkits for searching sound files.

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