Groundbreaking digital musical notation model released: MEI 2010-05

The Music Encoding Initiative Council announces the release of
MEI 2010-05, a groundbreaking digital musical notation model

The MEI Council is pleased to announce the first
collaboratively-designed method for encoding the intellectual and
physical characteristics of music notation documents and
their scholarly editorial apparatus. MEI has the ability
to manage complex source situations and will dramatically improve
the search, retrieval and display of notated music online,
benefiting music scholars and performers.
Because of MEI's software independence, the data format defined
by the schema also serves an archival function. 

The MEI model is free and available for download at The site also offers tutorials, examples,
and experimental software for MEI conversion--more will be available
in the near future. Information about the future of the project
and how to get involved are also on the site.

The MEI Council is an international group of scholars,
technologists, and educators representing a broad range of
musicological, theoretical, and pedagogical interests. The Council
was created through funding to the University of Virginia Library
and the University of Paderborn from the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) and the
National Endowment for the Humanities.