Delius Catalogue of Works wins British Library Labs research prize

Delius Catalogue of Works wins British Library Labs research prize

A team from the Centre and the University’s Faculty of Music have been awarded the first prize for research in the British Library Labs annual awards for their work on the Delius Catalogue of Works.

The award recognised the work of Dr Kevin Page and David Lewis from the Oxford e-Research Centre, and Professor Daniel Grimley and Dr Joanna Bullivant from the Faculty of Music on a complete catalogue of the works of the English composer Frederick Delius (1862-1934). The catalogue is fully searchable, and is based on open standards (Music Encoding Initiative) and free and open source software (MerMEId, devised by the Royal Library of Copenhagen).

“The published work catalogues for Delius were badly in need of updating.” says David Lewis, (pictured below, right). “By making the new catalogue entirely web-based, we can ensure that it’s easier to keep it accurate, and it is much easier to use.”

Throughout the project, Dr Bullivant (pictured below, middle) worked closely with the Delius Trust and the British Library, who hold many important Delius manuscripts, and the catalogue itself integrates with the British Library's own catalogue.

Presenting the award at the BL Symposium on 12 November, Amelie Roper, British Library Research Development Manager, said that the panel had been particularly impressed by "the way the catalogue balanced producing a resource suitable for a wide variety of users - scholars, performers and students - whilst maintaining a high scholarly standard".

Formed in 2013, British Library Labs (BL Labs) promotes, inspires, and supports the use of the Library’s digital collections and data. Each year, the British Library Labs Awards recognises exceptional projects that have used the Library’s digital collections and data in four awards categories: Research, Artistic, Commercial, and Teaching/Learning.

The catalogue is the product of the 'Delius, Modernism, and the Sound of Place' research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and carried out as a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the Delius Trust, the British Library and the Royal Library of Copenhagen.