HIStory of MUSicoLOGy data base

The establishment of a database focused on the history of German musicology is intended to provide the platform and content for developing theses and research on the condition patterns lying behind the formation of academic knowledge.


Data model

The database mainly contains information on persons, institutions, and publication media as well as topics and methods from institutional German musicology between 1810 and 1990; the selection of persons is based on the professionalism of their role(s) as well as their authorship; the selection of institutions is based on their interpersonal and temporal structure; any publication media relates to the selected persons; topics and methods are described by the intersubjectively developed norms of bibliographic indexes.

However, the data model does not focus on the pure listing of biographical, career, publication and founding data, but rather it focuses on object relations which are enriched qualitatively, along with the sources, very briefly described, with time and location attributes, source and processing information.

The conditions for further qualitative evaluations are being created through quantitative evaluations, such as the analysis of accumulations or distributions, as well as their visualization with the aid of timelines, geo mapping and network analyses.




Wald-Fuhrmann, Melanie and Annette van Dyck-Hemming, »Vom Datum zum historischen Zusammenhang. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen einer fachgeschichtlichen Datenbank« [From data to historical context. Perspectives of a data base on the history of musicology], in: Wissenskulturen der Musikwissenschaft: Generationen - Netzwerke – Denkstrukturen [Cultures of knowledge in musicology: generations – networks – patterns of thought], ed. Sebastian Bolz, Moritz Kelber, Ina Knoth and Anna Langenbruch, Bielefeld: transcript 2016, pp. 261–278.





Exemplary application of the data base

Analysing social networks with Neo4J
Poster, Sep 2019 presented during the annual meeting of the society for music research, Paderborn/Detmold (only in German)

Trying to challenge the legend, that the dichotomy Eggebrecht/Dahlhaus significantly influenced German musicology of the 1960s to 1990s we collected data of professional relations of Eggebrecht and Dahlhaus to other musicologists according to our ontology and visualized it with Neo4J.