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Ethnomusicology Multimedia (EM) is a collaborative publishing initiative of Indiana University Press, and Temple University Press with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for first books in ethnomusicology accompanied by a web-based platform for audio and video materials. Ethnomusicology Multimedia seeks to enhance the value of scholarly books in ethnomusicology by linking fieldwork audiovisual materials to the written text, thus providing a unique interactive experience for readers.

Cover of Key aspects of EM include publication of first books by emerging scholars, an online tool for EM authors to upload, edit, and annotate supplemental audiovisual materials, a public web portal for supplemental audiovisual material with annotation, searching, and cross referencing to print content, and a unique interactive experience for readers of books in the EM series, enabling them to see and hear video and audio selections keyed to relevant passages in the books.

    EM features dual web-based components, the first of which is a password-protected Annotation Management System (AMS) where authors can upload peer-reviewed audio, video, and static image content for editing and annotation and key these media to corresponding references within their texts. Second is a public site for viewing the edited web content with links to publishers' sites for the accompanying book.

    An aspect of the project that makes it unique and very different from other projects involving scholarly publishing and multimedia is the connection between publishers, libraries, and archival preservation. Working with the Digital Library Program and the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University, the EM Project is able to provide long-term access to media content associated with its publications. This means that links will remain stable and media will be available many years into the future, despite changes in the supporting technology and media formats. The Archives of Traditional Music is providing preservation services and is serving as the repository of record for the media items made available online and associated with the monographs published in the series.

    To learn more, visit the project website at