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Creative professional users musical relevance criteria

Inskip, C., MacFarlane, A. & Rafferty, P. (2010). Creative professional users musical relevance criteria. Journal of Information Science, 36(4), pp. 517-529. doi: 10.1177/0165551510374006


Although known item searching for music can be dealt with by searching metadata using existing text search techniques, human subjectivity and variability within the music itself make it very difficult to search for unknown items. This paper examines these problems within the context of text retrieval and music information retrieval. The focus is on ascertaining a relationship between music relevance criteria and those relating to relevance judgements in text retrieval. A data-rich collection of relevance judgements by creative professionals searching for unknown musical items to accompany moving images using real world queries is analysed. The participants in our observations are found to take a socio-cognitive approach and use a range of content and context based criteria. These criteria correlate strongly with those arising from previous text retrieval studies despite the many differences between music and text in their actual content.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors.
Publisher Keywords: creative music search, user relevance criteria
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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