The development of the Music in Australia Knowledge Base was funded in part with a generous grant from the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Commonwealth Government’s arts funding and advisory body.
The Knowledge Base was inspired by a report for the Cultural Ministers Council on a statistical framework for the music sector, written by Hans Hoegh-Guldberg (who specialises in applied cultural and ecological economics) and Dr Richard Letts in 2005.
Hans originally presented the idea of a Knowledge Base to the Music Council of Australia, and oversaw its development under its auspices until November 2013 when it was transferred to the Australian Arts Trust, to be managed by its program The Music Trust. He continues as editor under the new arrangement. The cooperation and goodwill offered by the Music Council both before and after the change is gratefully acknowledged.
The idea of rejuvenating the Knowledge Base modelled on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia was discussed and accepted as a 21st century idea providing a convenient framework for the presentation and editing of this mixture of verbal and numerical data. Wikipedia has grown by leaps and bounds since its formation in 2001. Between 2005 and November 2013 the number of English-language articles alone grew from 750,000 to almost 4.4 million. The "wiki" approach in principle enables many more potential contributors to participate.
Dr David Worrall was of great importance in the process of "wikifying" the Knowledge Base. The editor also wishes to acknowledge Julie Stott’s help ever since the formative stages of the Knowledge Base. She remains always prepared to answer his questions as a friend. Julie specialises in "creating affordable masterpieces" for the web through her company Clicknetoz, based at O'Connell near Bathurst, NSW.
The Knowledge Base logo and general style of all the pages of the Knowledge Base (adopted in September 2012) was designed by Jon Louth of Flipside Creative. The icons showing whether individual articles are statistical, descriptive or address issues use Microsoft Office Clip Art, WordArt, and PowerPoint design options selected by the editor. He also designed the Statistics icon which incorporates a treble clef design courtesy of Music Graphics Galore.
Author: Hans Hoegh-Guldberg, Knowledge Base Editor. Page last revised 5 January 2014.