Five Aspects of ViFE

Authors: Albrecht-Hohmaier, Martin / Capelle, Irmlind / Herold, Kristin / Kepper, Johannes / Münzmay, Andreas / Obert, Salome / Richts-Matthaei, Kristina / Saccomano, Mark / Seipelt, Agnes / Stadler, Peter / Ried, Dennis

Date: Thursday, 7 September 2023, 4:15pm to 5:45pm

Location: Main Campus, L 1 <campus:stage>


The Virtual Research Group Edirom (Virtueller Forschungsverbund Edirom, ViFE) is an association of current and former staff of the Detmold/Paderborn Department of Musicology involved in projects advancing digital methods in musicology. With more than 25 researchers currently involved in around a dozen different projects, ViFE is a major player in musicological Digital Humanities.

A Knowledge Sharing Group

The fundamental idea of ViFE is to be a group of experts in constant collaboration. Together, the expertise of ViFE members adds up to over 100 years of experience in digital music editions, ranging from computer science to philology and music history, from project management to Digital Humanities and information science – shared through weekly meetings and regular workshops within our group.

Research Projects

ViFE is named after the Edirom project, funded from 2006 to 2012. ViFE is involved in long-term projects, including Carl Maria von Weber Gesamtausgabe and Beethovens Werkstatt, but also has completed, or currently works on, several short-term projects and is constantly developing new project proposals.


ViFE has been deeply involved in both the TEI and MEI communities for many years. We continue to actively connect our research with others and apply our findings to the development of these encoding standards.

Education and Training

Since 2010, ViFE has organized the annual Edirom Summer School, one of the most important venues for learning MEI. Members of ViFE are also involved in Master’s programs on Digital Music Philology and on Digital Humanities at Paderborn University and supervise doctoral dissertations.


Our group is a vital part of NFDI4Culture and partners with many other institutions, such as Mainz Academy of Science and Literature, cemfi, CDMD, RISM, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, SLUB Dresden, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, BSB Munich, University of Oxford e-Research Centre, Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, and several German universities.

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