Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Descriptive metadata in the music industry: Why it is broken and how to fix it — Part two


The full text article is not available for purchase.

The publisher only permits individual articles to be downloaded by subscribers.

In Part one of this report, the music industry’s descriptive metadata problem was introduced with examples and a brief history, terminology was explained, including the core concept of abstraction, the current landscape of descriptive metadata silos was detailed and current standards were introduced. This, the second part of the report, starts by examining persistent identifiers to gauge their suitability as a globally unique abstracted persistent identifier (GUAPI). A study is proposed to quantify richer metadata’s ability to increase music sales. Potential arguments against richer metadata are also examined. Finally, a proposal is made that brings together the component issues. A standardised schema is proposed by combining two current schemata, content creator data and MusicBrainz. A method of achieving a GUAPI is suggested by increasing the coordination of current identifiers. By creating a fully abstracted model built upon these components, digital downloads would be more easily enriched with metadata. Benefits would flow to all parts of the ecosystem, including business, technical, creative and consumer. Business would be enhanced through a more powerful platform for innovation and a richer consumer experience. Technical advances would be fostered. The creative community would be properly acknowledged and consumers would gain a deeper knowledge of the art they are supporting.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: credits; database; descriptive; identifier; metadata; music; open; persistent; proprietary; schema; standards

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2014

More about this publication?
  • Journal of Digital Media Management is the essential peer-reviewed, professional journal for all those involved in the capture, storage and effective application of digital media assets.

    Each quarterly 100-page issue publishes in-depth articles, real world case studies and reviews written by some of the leading experts in the field. Topics range from lessons learned in DAM procurement, to the challenges of digital content work flow, and to monetizing digital assets in new and innovative ways. It cuts through the deluge of information facing DAM professionals to deliver authoritative, practical content that provides genuine thought-leadership on digital media management, with actionable advice and ‘lessons learned’ from end users on selecting and using DAM systems in practice.

    Journal of Digital Media Management does not solicit advertising or publish advertorial and every article is peer-reviewed by its expert Editorial Board to ensure the Journal:

    • Focuses on end users' concerns
    • Publishes real-life case studies from leading DAM users
    • Provides a benchmark for you to measure your organization against
    • Publishes authors from a wide range of sectors including broadcast, entertainment, media, consumer and business brands, social media, cultural institutions, education, not-for-profits and government
    • Shows how DAM supports strategic business goals, helping professionals demonstrate the value that DAM can and does contribute to the bottom line
    • Combines strategic-level thinking with the technical knowledge needed to put business strategy into practice
    • Does not promote a service or product

  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Contact us
  • Forthcoming content
  • Multi-user licences
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more