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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/31291

Title: Online Music Knowledge: The Case of the Non-musician
Authors: Lam, Margaret
Advisor: Ratto, Matthew
Department: Information Studies
Keywords: self-directed learning
music information retrieval
information practice
user study
music knowledge
system design
music library
digital library
Issue Date: 12-Dec-2011
Abstract: Five cases of ‘non-musicians’ learning how to make music were used to explore the information practice of users in the domain of music to support the design of music information systems and platforms. In all five cases, the use of online music knowledge was situated within a larger process of self-directed learning, as well as the larger socio-musical world of the non-musicians. Effective access to and use of available resources is paradoxically predicated on a non-musician’s ability to articulate their information needs using terms with which they are not yet familiar. The findings articulate the information practice of non-musicians as being characterized by the emergent nature of their information needs and the exploratory nature of their information practice. In particular, the user’s socio-musical world, learning or knowledge trajectories, as well as their modes of learning offer an innovative approach to understanding and anticipating music information needs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/31291
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