Workshop on Requirements, Use Cases, and User Studies in Digital Music Libraries and Archives (RUCUS) 2019

A half-day workshop at the Joint Conference for Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2019: Afternoon of June 5th, 2019, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA

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Music has widespread appeal as a subject for research, drawing on diverse perspectives from a large variety of academic fields. Digital libraries, serving as centres for interdisciplinary exchange, enable collaborative interactions with multimodal music resources between users and across use contexts. Music information retrieval (MIR) concerns itself with the characterisation, organisation, storage, and retrieval of such resources, but research attention in the field has been primarily focussed on the development and improvement of algorithms and processes, with comparatively little attention dedicated to the (potential) users of music information systems.

Instead, empirical research into human interactions with music and musical resources is reported through widespread dissemination venues, spanning publications in MIR, human-computer interaction, computer science, library and information science, psychology, music, and musicology, among others, posing a challenge for researchers of user studies as well as readers interested in finding such studies. The Workshop on Requirements, Use Cases, and User Studies in Digital Music Libraries and Archives (RUCUS) aims to provide a concerted platform for intellectual exchange between scholars, practitioners, and system developers concerned with user-centric issues of music information research, a topic of primary concern for the development and understanding of Digital Music Libraries and Archives.

Topical outline

Workshop presentations will focus on empirical investigations of user requirements, use cases, and user studies in Digital Music Libraries and Archives. Topics of interest within this context include (but are not limited to):

  • User experience and usability

  • Interface design

  • Information literacy

  • Information needs and information seeking behaviours

  • User modelling

  • Cognitive approaches

  • Case reports and best practices


  • Welcome

  • Sally Jo Cunningham: "Using a clustering algorithm to elicit personas from qualitative data:  a case study for music collection management"

  • Audrey Laplante & Jean-Sébastien Sauvé: "The place of digital technologies in musicology from the perspective of music scholars"

  • David M. Weigl: "Requirements and use cases in the TROMPA project: Towards Richer Online Music Public-domain Archives"

  • Panel session featuring the speakers, alongside Dave De Roure (P.I. of the FAST project: Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Music Production and Consumption) and J. Stephen Downie


The workshop is expected to appeal to an interdisciplinary academic audience of researchers in digital libraries, MIR, digital musicology, and music perception and cognition. The format will comprise approximately six to eight invited paper presentations by both leading researchers in MIR user studies and up and coming early-career researchers with interests in this area. More information will be made available shortly on this website, as well as postings to mailing lists and through social media.


This workshop is organised by David M. Weigl. Contact:

Workshop twitter account: @RucusWorkshop

The workshop is organised in association with the EU H2020 TROMPA Project: Towards Richer Online Music Public-domain Archives.