The map shows European sound file distribution by percentage, meaning the numbers shown are the percentage of the sample's sound files retrieved. Having the geographic information of these numbers is important to be able to compare it against other statistics that may be available for that country.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Geospatial Location of Music and Sound Files
Using GIS to locate where something came from on the internet is a relatively new concept. By mapping where different audio files come from it can benefit the public in a number of ways. First of all, it can help narrow or refine searches based on what is most popular in your area, GIS can also help market certain types of music or inform artists where they should focus their music tours. It can also help select sites that are geographically closer to users downloading music, therefore creating faster download times. Having the knowledge of what is currently most popular and where can be difficult for research being done in music, and using GIS may help in that. GIS used in collaboration with Music Information Systems, or MIR, will obtain the data necessary for these projects. The MIR being used for this research is different from the rest in that it only uses information from what is available on the web.