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Brainstorming on Web Technologies and the Pipeorgan Database


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Presentation given at the Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Orgeldokumentation (IAOD), HSLU, Luzern, Switzerland, 2012.

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Brainstorming on Web Technologies and the Pipeorgan Database

  1. 1. Brainstorming on Web technologies and the pipeorgan DB Achille Peternier
  2. 2. Towards a FP7• A new international platform for all – Lesson learned from previous (national) experiences – Consensus – Using modern technologies• Definition of standards – Categorizing instruments – Storing the information
  3. 3. Towards a FP7Historical aspects IT support- How to access/store/modify data- How to present the content
  4. 4. Standards• Create a group of experts to define a universal categorization standard for pipeorgans – The world is full of standards: ISO, JPEG, PDF, etc.• What information to collect and how?• How robust it is? – Test the standard against worst-cases
  5. 5. Standards• A standard allows us to: – Easily share data and concepts • Organ builders and software designers working under the same roof – Automatic data processing: • Define a file format • Build compatible DBs • Build adapters to export/import to/from the standard – Future generations will complain and improve the standard (iteration)  • Make it extendable
  6. 6. Towards a FP7
  7. 7. Timeline
  8. 8. Timeline
  9. 9. Timeline• A location• A series of events – Deltas over the previous state• F(location, date) = sum(all events) – Add, sub, migrate, destroy, …
  10. 10. TimelineSt. MartinMendrisio, CH 1523 1630 1712 1890 Today
  11. 11. TimelineSt. Martin 1911 1771Mendrisio, CH 1523 1630 Moved to: City Museum Zug, CH 1712 1890 Today
  12. 12. TimelineCity MuseumZug, CH 1900 1911 1990 From: Modified: St. Martin Mean-tone Mendrisio, CH temperament
  13. 13. Idea• …a different approach?
  14. 14. How to?
  15. 15. How to?• Two static elements: – Location • Churches, organ builders’ workshops, concert halls, private houses, etc. – Time • A specific moment• Two dynamic elements: – Bricks • Can be anything: a stop, a kind of keyboard, a kind of temperament, an organ body, a location within the church, etc. • Are stored in a tree – Actions • Are the glue among atoms, locations and time. • Can be add, remove, relocate, modify, destroy, etc.
  16. 16. How to? Location: Action: Atom:St. Martin OrganMendrisio, CH Add (1st Oct. 1771)
  17. 17. How to?Organ OrganOrgan
  18. 18. How to? St. Martin 61 keys Mendrisio, CH Short OrganKeyboard Organ body Entrance Organ body PositivHauptwerk Mechanic Electric Meantone EqualPrincipal Regal Flute Metal Keyboard Wood Metal Wood Octave Short 49 keys Metal
  19. 19. How to? Organ Organ body Organ bodyHauptwerk Positiv RegalPrincipal Flute Metal Metal Wood Wood
  20. 20. How to? St. Martin Mendrisio, CH Organ Organ OrganChoir Transept Mobile
  21. 21. How to? St. Martin Mendrisio, CH Organ Organ body KeyboardHauptwerk Short 61 keys Principal Regal
  22. 22. How to? St. Martin Mendrisio, CH Organ Organ body KeyboardHauptwerk Short 61 keys Principal Regal
  23. 23. How to? Organ Organ body Organ bodyHauptwerk Positiv RegalPrincipal Flute Metal Metal Wood Wood
  24. 24. Ivory Ebony Diatonic Chromatic How to? Short 50 keys Organ PressionKeyboard Organ body Organ body PressionHauptwerk Positiv RegalPrincipal Flute Metal Metal Wood WoodLead 20% Tin 80% Walnut
  25. 25. How to? Before: Action: After: Organ body Organ body remove Regal Meantone modify EqualSt. Martin Museum relocate St. Martin Museum Organ Organ
  26. 26. How to?• By hand? No way!
  27. 27. How to?• IT support: – On data acquisition: • Wizards, GUIs – On data validation: • Automatic error detection – On data visualization: • Optimize view according to the content – Zoom, timebar, multimedia content, etc. – On data processing: • AI
  28. 28. Geolocalization• Adding GPS coords : – Can be inferred from street/building names – Visualization over a map City Museum Positiv
  29. 29. Geolocalization• Adding GPS coords : – Geographical-based queries • Where is the closest meantone instrument to my home? – Regional statistics • What is the density of Regal in the Paris area?
  30. 30. WWW• Web-oriented infrastructure – à la Wikipedia • Different user levels (from visitors to content providers) – A single application for everything • No need for MS-Access – Typical Wiki-like content: • History of the building, stop descriptions, famous organists who played, etc.
  31. 31. WWW• Distributed infrastructure – One server per country – Synching data overnight • Backup • Performance
  32. 32. Extra features• Web-site to brochure
  33. 33. Extra features• 2D barcodes
  34. 34. Extra features• Mobile app – GPS – Organ as tags
  35. 35. Extra features• Mobile support for data gathering – Simplified data input • Multimedia • GPS coords • Following a protocol • Automatic verification – Corollary tools • Temperament recognizer?
  36. 36. Thanks!