Humanities Repositories

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The humanities cover a wide range of disciplines and the Internet is not short of related pages. However, for this edition of the handbook only a few repositories dedicated to humanities were found. The few we did find, mostly music-related, are listed below. For humanities topics besides music, please see the general repositories section. Sites such as Wikipedia, Connexions and Wikiversity have humanities sections that cover a broad range of topics.

Public Domain

Repository Type of Repository Description Number of Resources License
Gutenberg:The Sheet Music Project

(http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:The_Sheet_Music_Project)

Music sheet library Classical music scores in XML format (see List of File Formats in the appendices). Over 30 Public Domain
LibriVox (http://librivox.org/) Audiobook library LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain (under U.S. right) books available as free audio books. It is a volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project. 1268 recordings Public domain


CC-BY-NC-ND

Repository Type of Repository Description Number of Resources License
Berklee Shares (http://www.berkleeshares.com/) Music sheet library An electronic publishing initiative of Berklee College of Music. Berklee Shares' goal is to provide free access to faculty-authored Berklee music lessons designed for musicians, music students and music educators. The Berkleeshares.com web site is a library of free music lessons that are available for downloading, listening, viewing or reading 5 topics and 8 instruments CC-BY-NC-ND


Various

Repository Type of Repository Description Number of Resources License
FreeSheetMusic (http://www.freesheetmusic.net) Music sheet library/Collaborative development Collection of sheet music in different formats: PDF, GIF, JPEG, etc. There are thousands of pieces. Visitors can upload music sheets. The sheets are organized by genre, instrument or compositor. They also provide links to other sites with free sheets. License varies. 360,000 sheets License varies
Forte Notation (http://www.fortenotation.com/en/) Music library FORTE Free is a simple and easy to use music notation software for basic musical tasks. It is similar to other free to use music notation softwares such as Finale Notepad. Forte also offers a selection of sheet music for free download. You can select different pieces of the most common classical composers (Bach, Mozart, Schubert etc.). Or you can select your songs by the most favoured categories: Folk Songs, Easter Songs or Christmas Carols. 5 Software Bundles + 118 Sheets Software Licenses vary (Free and Paid) - Sheet Music is free
Jamendo (http://www.jamendo.com/en/) Music library Creative Commons licensed music by artists from around the world. The exact Creative Commons license varies, but some allow for remixing. Songs are in MP3 format and albums in ZIP. Users can rate music and receive recommendations. 10,000 albums Various Creative Commons licenses.

Sources

Exemplary Collection of Open eLearning Content Repositories. (2007, February 1). WikiEducator. Retrieved March 21, 2008, http://wikieducator.org/Exemplary_Collection_of_Open_eLearning_Content_Repositories#Humanities
OER Development and Publishing Initiatives. (2008, February 28). OER Wiki. Retrieved April 2, 2008, from http://oerwiki.iiep-unesco.org/index.php?title=OER_development_and_publishing_initiatives.

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