Fondamenta embrace the power of the semantic web

Fondamenta-music, the first French musical website almost entirely based on a semantic infrastructure, has finally seen the light of the day. It was created by the team of the Discotheka project developed by Meaning Engines (Paris) together with the Digital Agency Pixelatelier in Caracas.

Fondamenta-music.com made history today by unveiling it’s groundbreaking solution for phonogram restoration. The quality of the sound resulting of the process promise to delight even the most demanding  music enthouthiast. Why ? Because Fondamenta is a team of passionate craftsmen with exacting standards, in music as well as in technology. Nothing is too sophisticated to provide the best experience to their customer and in the service of our common passion : Music.

When it came to build their digital presence, they turned their sight to Discotheka. And that makes sense. We share the same passion for Music and we are passionate practitionners of our craft : data solutions and semantic technologies for music professionals. With Discotheka, Fondamenta will be able to adress the demand of a global audience (we are polyglotts) wanting to interact a system using genuine musical terms. This ends the frustration experienced by “melomanes” when they are looking for Classical Music works online, and ended up with words.

Discotheka brings some musical smarts to systems so they can understand what a work is or a composer is. It’s innovative semantic data solutions for Music are the foundations of Fondamenta’s digital presence. Let’s see some of the benefits of this approach, through a quick refresher. The Web is a network of interlinked documents, the famous web pages, through hypertext links (the URLs, like www.discotheka.com/blog). It was a groundbreaking approach to information sharing and brought us tons of innovative uses and solutions. But something was missing. The web is easy to navigate for humans, but curiously not for machines. Systems are unable to understand context, and without notice they are unable to distinguish Boulez the composer from Boulez the interpreter. In the early 2000’s Tim Berners-Lee propose a novel approach to bring some contextual smarts to the Web and in the process allows us to cope with its explosive growth. The Semantic Web was born. The idea of linking data (not only pages) and exploit formal description of  business domains to make machines smarter opened a complete new world. A place where looking for a thing brings you the thing, not strings.

As a project, Discotheka seized the opportunity to put this technology at the service of the music professionals. Our data solutions, encompasses enhanced search and recommandation (in multilingual settings), high quality datasets, edition and publication tools for works and catalog management. Our knowledge graphs frees us from the constraint of siloed databases and antiquated metadata management.

Meaning Engines , designed and built the technology that powers Discotheka, the meaning engine for Music. Aspionneers in semantic technologies, they  master both the processing of highly complex data and their management, including the development of a website capable to make them available to the lay user. This mastery was made possible thanks to innovative tools, developed in partnership with INRIA, encompassing 10 years research and development of new methods adapted to the particularly demanding data management problem in the field of Classical Music.

Those are now the foundations that will allow Fondamenta to take advantage of the future of Internet right now and bring the best experience to its global audience.

But enough said, technology by itself is useless unless it is convey in the proper packaging. Thanks to PixelAtelier high digital craftmanship, this is the case for Fondamenta.

Today, our searching engine is available on http://www.discotheka.com. Other than e.g. on the website IMLSP, a model in this area, on http://www.discotheka.com it is possible to find musical works in the French, English, Italian, German and Spanish language with queries which have a different level of precision – a silent revolution in this field.

Liberté Crozon

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