Interdisciplinary Workshop Possibilities and Limitations of Digital Annotation Tools for Audio-Visual Material with a focus on Sound and Music

Giuseppe Abrami is a researcher at the Text Technology Lab (TTLab) of the Professorship for Computational Humanities / Text Technology of Prof. Dr. Alexander Mehler at the Goethe University Frankfurt. He is responsible for the integration of the various software projects and is in charge of the development of the software backend (TextAnnotator, TextImager). His current focus is the development of multimodal, platform-independent annotation software, big data processing, interface development between software systems, and the implementation of VR / AR and mobile software solutions for ubiquitous computing.

Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch is professor of historical musicology at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. Her main research areas are compositional processes, methodology of music research, digital musicology, and musical practices in the eighteenth-century. Her publications include the books Musikgeschichten: Von vergessenen Musikern und ›verlorenen‹ Residenzen im 18. Jahrhundert (2019), Die Arbeitsweise Arnold Schönbergs (2010), Brückenschläge zwischen Musikwissenschaft und Informatik (2020), Neue Ansätze zur Skizzenforschung für die Musik des langen 19. Jahrhunderts (2020), Wissenssystematiken im digitalen Zeitalter (2018), and Digitalität in der Musikwissenschaft (2017). She is also co-editor of the research book series Methodology of Music Research (Peter Lang International).

Barbara Alge is professor of ethnomusicology at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main. Between 2009 and 2017 she worked as junior professor in ethnomusicology at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock. She is author of the books Gold, Festivals, and Music in Southeast Brazil (2021, Routledge) and Forschungsdatenmanagement in der Musikethnologie (2019, Universitätsverlag Hildesheim/Olms), editor of Musikethnographien im 21. Jahrhundert (2021, Rombach Wissenschaft) and Transatlantic Musical Flows in the Lusophone World (2013, the world of music (new series)), as well as co-editor of Beyond Borders: Welt-Musik-Pädagogik. Musikpädagogik und Ethnomusikologie im Diskurs (2013, Wissner). She also holds an MA in library and information science.

Linda Barwick is a musicologist and emeritus professor at the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, specializing in community musics, archiving, and song language. From 2003-2013 she was foundation director of the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC). Archival collections from her musicological fieldwork in Italy, Australia and the Philippines have been deposited in multiple archives and local repositories in Australia, Italy, UK, the Netherlands and the Philippines. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Alan Burdette is the Director of the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University, a position he has held since 2007. In that role he was part of the development of IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative, which has digitally preserved more than 350,000 AV items at Indiana University. Prior to becoming the Director of ATM, he was the Executive Director of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Director of the EVIA Digital Archive Project, and Associate Director of IU’s Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities.

Martin Clayton is Professor in Ethnomusicology in Durham University. His research interests include Hindustani (North Indian) classical music, rhythmic analysis, and musical entrainment, interaction and embodiment. His publications include the books Time in Indian Music (OUP, 2000), The Cultural Study of Music (Routledge 2003/2012) and Experience and Meaning in Music Performance (OUP 2013). He is responsible for a number of online data collections, under the umbrella of the Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance (, see also and North Indian Raga Performance (

Christoph Günther leads the junior research group Jihadism on the Internet: Images and Videos, their Dissemination and Appropriation at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Having a background in Islamic Studies, his research interests include religio-political movements in the modern Middle East, visual cultures and iconography, and the sociology of religion. Recently, his book Entrepreneurs of Identity: The Islamic State’s Symbolic Repertoire has been published in spring 2022 with Berghahn Books.

Alexander Henlein is a PhD Student at the Text Technology Lab (TTLab) of the Professorship for Computational Humanities / Text Technology of Prof. Dr. Alexander Mehler at the Goethe University Frankfurt.
His current research focuses on analyzing spatial semantics in language models, extracting the habitats of objects from images, and developing a VR-based Text2Scene system.

Florian Jenett is Vice-Dean of the department of design at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz and professor for media informatics in the field of communication design. He leads the research project "Motion Bank", founded by choreographer William Forsythe, which has been conducting research on capturing and transmitting knowledge from contemporary dance since 2010. Current and ongoing projects are focussing on digitality in cultural education (#digitanz), the integration of AI in university level dance education (#vortanz), and Corona and AI (#cotanz). Prof. Jenett is also the group leader of the project "KITeGG - Making AI tangible and understandable: Connecting technology and society through design", a member of "NODE - Forum for Digital Arts e.V." and has worked for many years on the creative coding project Processing.

Christofer Jost is a senior researcher at the Center for Popular Culture and Music and associate professor (Privatdozent) at the Department of Media and Cultural Studies, both at the University of Freiburg. In 2008, he received his doctorate in music pedagogy from the University of Mainz. In 2011, he completed his Habilitation in media studies at the University of Basel (Umhabilitation 2018 at the University of Freiburg). In 2013, he represented a chair of media and communication studies at the University of Mannheim. From 2018 to 2021 he was head of the joint project “Music Objects of Popular Culture” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. His main areas of research and teaching are: popular music, digital media and music, audiovisual media cultures, performance studies and music didactics.

Alexander Mehler is professor of Computational Humanities / Text-technology at Goethe University Frankfurt where he heads the Text Technology Lab (TTLab). He is member of the board of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (CEDIFOR) and founding member of the German Society for Network Research (DGNet). His research interests include quantitative analysis and simulative synthesis of language in both spoken and written communication. To this end, he studies linguistic networks using models of language evolution, machine learning, and complex network theory. One of his current research interests concerns 4D text technologies based on virtual reality, augmented reality, and augmented virtuality.

Andreas Münzmay is professor for Musicology/Digital Humanities at Paderborn University, Germany, co-spokesperson of NFDI4Culture’s task area “Cultural Research Data Academy”, and a researcher in ZenMEM („Zentrum Musik-Edition-Medien“) and in the long-term project „Beethovens Werkstatt. Genetische Textkritik und Digitale Musikedition“ of the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz. In addition to his editorial and digital humanities work, he conducts research primarily on music theatre, music in the context of other media, improvisation and jazz. In 2008 he received a PhD from the University of Arts, Berlin, for his thesis on French librettist Eugène Scribe (Musikdramaturgie und Kulturtransfer, publ. Schliengen 2010).

Meinard Müller received the Diploma degree (1997) in mathematics and the Ph.D. degree (2001) in computer science from Bonn University, Germany. Since 2012, he holds a professorship for Semantic Audio Signal Processing at the International Audio Laboratories Erlangen, a joint institute of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. His research interests include music processing, music information retrieval, audio signal processing, and motion processing. Meinard Müller attaches great importance to cross-disciplinary research and education. He authored the textbook "Fundamentals of Music Processing" (Springer 2015) and is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to music signal processing.

Lara Pearson is a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (Germany). Her work explores bodily and movement dimensions of music experience and meaning, with a focus on South Indian music practices. She has also published on cross-cultural aesthetics, cultural heritage and the concept of improvisation.

James Pustejovsky is the TJX Feldberg professor of computer science at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States. His expertise includes theoretical and computational modeling of language, specifically: Computational linguistics, Lexical semantics, Knowledge representation, temporal and spatial reasoning and Extraction. His main topics of research are Natural language processing generally, and in particular, the computational analysis of linguistic meaning. He holds a B.S. as well as a PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Pustejovsky proposed generative lexicon theory in lexical semantics in an article published in 1991. His other interests include temporal reasoning, event semantics, spatial language, language annotation, computational linguistics, and machine learning.

Nico Schüler, Ph.D., is University Distinguished Professor of Music Theory and Musicology at Texas State University. His main research interests are digital music research, methodology of music research, interdisciplinary aspects of 19th/20th/21st century (world) musics, re-discovery of forgotten or underrepresented composers and musicians, music theory pedagogy, and music historiography. He is the co-editor of the international research book series Methodology of Music Research, the author and / or editor of 21 books, and the author of more than 140 articles.

Joséphine Simonnot is research engineer at CNRS (France) and she is an expert on digitization, sound and audio-visual production, analogue and digital data preservation, musical acoustics and the online disclosure of audio-visual data. Graduate from « Ecole nationale supérieure Louis Lumière » and from Sorbonne University (musicology), she studied and recorded vocal music in East Indonesia (Flores, Maluku, Sulawesi). In 1999-2019, she was appointed at Musée de l’Homme, Center of research in ethnomusicology (CREM). She designed and managed a web platform sound archives (2009-2020) to share with a wide audience a world musical heritage and to improve innovative and collaborative tools for indexing audio data. She contributes to restitution programmes and she is familiar with European digital project through its participation in Europeana Sounds. Today, Joséphine Simonnot is member of PRISM Laboratory (Perception, Representation, Image, Sound, Music), CNRS/Aix-Marseille University.