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Unique or distinctive features of jdisc.columbia.edu

Following are features we believe no other discographic resource offers, whether print, digital or online. Each one distinguishes J-DISC from other discographic sources. Together, they comprise a unique resource.

* J-DISC is organized to present complete information on jazz recording sessions, and merge a large corpus of session data into a single easily accessible repository, in a manner that can be easily searched, cross-searched, navigated and cited.


* In addition to the focus on recording artist/leaders of traditional discography, J-DISC incorporates extensive cultural, geographic, biographical, composer and studio information that can also be easily searched and accessed.


* J-DISC, designed to support research, has functions for experts and researchers who participate in the editing of the work to annotate, comment, and discuss the resources and issues in the study and use of jazz discography.


* J-DISC contains fully structured and searchable metadata for recorded playback carriers (physical and digital releases of jazz recordings), with links to corresponding recording session material, and also has functions allowing liner notes and album art to be either embedded or linked, where its scholar maintainers choose to do so.


* J-DISC metadata includes ways of accounting for digital objects along with their associated recording sessions—including Unique Resource Identifiers for digital files that will allow access to the recording itself (projected at this writing, but attainable).


* All data sources are cross-checked and cited, in the interest of scholarly credibility and accuracy.


* J-DISC is an open access database, free to any internet user to browse or search, encouraging contributions and sharing of data, scholarly and educational use, and scholarly credibility.


* J-DISC is built from open source code (Drupal, MySQL, and LAMP System server architecture), making it extensible, exportable, interoperable, and lending continuity to the resource and its management.


* The project is proceeding with a parallel exploration of tools used in digital data management and signal processing that can enhance the access and discovery functions noted above.