MIMO [Musical Instrument Museums Online]
[Musical Instrument Museums Online]
An online access point through the Europeana website to major European public collections of instruments. The MIMO Project, funded through the European Commission’s eContent plus programme, ran from September 2009 to August 2011. Its 11 collaborating museum partners made available information about nearly 45,000 instruments, including more than 70,000 images, 1800 digital audio files and 300 video clips, representing about 40% of Europe’s public holdings of historic and non-European instruments. In addition, the partners prepared a multilingual (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, and Swedish) dictionary for use with musical instrument databases, associating non-specialist vocabulary with synonyms, terms, and classification systems used by professionals. Other outcomes of MIMO include a virtual exhibition, revision of the Hornbostel-Sachs classification system, development of standards for digital photography of instruments, and provision of detailed guidelines (an online ‘toolkit’) for setting up databanks to facilitate sharing and harvesting of digital content. As of 2012 material could still be added to the MIMO database (MIMO-DB), and information from European museums continued to be publicly available through the Europeana website. For the future, a specific MIMO portal has been proposed as the single access point for information on public collections of instruments worldwide, using a common data model. Such aggregation is of obvious benefit to scholars, students, collectors, musicians, and instrument makers, and interested members of the public....