Title and abstract

Reusable software and reproducibility in music informatics research
Mark D Plumbley, Simon Dixon, and Chris Cannam
Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London

The need to develop and reuse software to process data is almost universal in music informatics research. Many methods, including most of those published at ISMIR, are developed in tandem with software implementations, and some of them are too complex or too fundamentally software-based to be reproduced readily from a published paper alone. For this reason, it is helpful for sustainable research to have software and data published along with papers.

In practice, non-publication of code and data is still the norm and research software is commonly lost in the years following publication of the associated methods.

During this tutorial we will discuss common barriers to publication of software and data, and will present a practical hands-on session in which attendees will explore tools and methods to help them overcome these barriers.

The tutorial will rapidly cover the use of version control software, code hosting facilities, aspects of testing and provenance, and software licensing for publication. Worked examples will be drawn from the music and audio fields, and hands-on help will be provided by experienced researcher-developers from the Centre for Digital Music, Luís Figueira and Steve Welburn.

This tutorial will be of immediate practical interest to researchers within the music informatics community, and will also be highly relevant to research supervisors and research group leaders with an interest in policy and guidance.