This group is devoted to a discussion of topics related to music encoding, and is an extension of the Music Encoding Initiative channels on MEI-L and website,

The Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) is a community-driven effort to define a system for encoding musical documents in a machine-readable structure. MEI brings together specialists from various music research communities, including technologists, librarians, historians, and theorists in a common effort to define best practices for representing a broad range of musical documents and structures.

The official MEI mailing list, MEI-L, is used to inform the community about upcoming events, discuss possible improvements for MEI, evaluate encoding strategies and models, and get support from the full community. The list is open to anyone for subscription, and everyone is welcome to join MEI-L by subscribing to:

MEI has a Slack channel that is used for discussion, questions, announcements, and collaboration, Visit this page for additional details:

MEI is hosted by the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz.

Humanities Commons for the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) 

Facebook and serve certain purposes, but since Humanities Commons (HC) is not a commercial venture, it is not interested in selling you things and selling information about you to others. Key features of Humanities Commons that are important to professional organizations, like Music Encoding Initiative are: 

  • Discovery. The ability to search for topics that have already been discussed and discover the research interests and previous work of other scholars. Searches in discussions include all words found anywhere in the title or body of the thread. You can also limit your search by various types: announcements, posts, replies, and so on.  
  • Sustainability. HC provides an archive of community discussions. The information can then be exported or harvested for re-use in other resources. 
  • Visibility. Work is made visible to those both within and outside a field. HC can be used to point to other resources (texts, images, sound clips, etc.). 
  • Collaboration and Community. The digital communication in HC is equal to the quality of the discussion. And HC allows for contingent affiliations. A newcomer to the MEI would be able to go to HC and get a sense of the conversations of the moment, and of the past. 
  • Participating in discussions. It’s not necessary to log in to HC to take part in a discussion. You can respond directly in any email you receive. 
  • Home pages. These include the various group affiliations you pick, thus allowing other members of HC to find someone with similar interest, or expertise, without the need to broadcast a message. The home pages allow you to post various documents (working versions of papers, syllabi, creative work, etc.), you can choose what you share with others. For independent scholars or those whose institutions do not have adequate IT support, the HC allows one to maintain a durable public profile that is visible to colleagues in many disciplines. 
  • WordPress sites. HC members can create as many of these as they like, each with a unique URL.  These are in essence personal or collective publishing platforms. 


What you can do now 

  • Register with the Humanities Commons and create your profile. 
  • Join the MEI Group Page. 
  • Connect with scholars by searching other groups in HC. 
  • Share your own scholarship (e.g. white papers, pre-prints, conference presentations, etc.) in HC. 
  • Tell your friends and colleagues about HC.  
  • Consider how it might benefit your teaching and research. 


Credit: Content re-used and re-mixed from a template created for the Renaissance Society of America by Dr. Richard Freedman, Haverford College. 

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