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Introduction

This is an excerpt of a larger article, Knowledge Base Aims and Structure. The excerpt explains in a few words the general structure of the Knowledge Base. The “wiki” structure which was pioneered in the major encyclopedia, Wikipedia, makes it easy to navigate to any category covered by the Knowledge Base through its structural classification. Articles also have different information content as shown under the second heading below, basically being statistically or verbally descriptive, or raising issues associated with particular sections of the music sector.

Structure

Five basic categories (a basic wiki term) are each subdivided into further categories. For example, “Creation” contains the category “Live Performance” which contains “Contemporary Music Genres” which contains the genre “Jazz”.

  • About the knowledge base (Intro): Welcome to our visitors; basic introductions and explanations.
  • Fundamentals: Overview of the music sector and how it fits into the economic and cultural environment — the music sector in context.
  • Music creation and performance: The creation, production and presentation of music in all its forms.
  • Support and infrastructure: The array of activities (physical or organisational infrastructure) that supports creation and performance.
  • Technology and research: Evolving technologies; music-related research and information; emerging areas such as "green music".

Information

For any topic, this is the information we would like to provide. For example, under the category “Music Creation and Performance”, take the area of jazz performance:

  • Mapping music in Australia: a description of the nature of jazz performance, who does it, who presents it, where it happens
  • Statistics: quantitative aspects of the map
  • Issues: about issues facing jazz in Australia
  • SWOT analyses: strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats to jazz performance in Australia (a formal approach to identifying issues)
  • Notes/Gaps to fill: addressing incomplete aspects and inviting contributions to rectify these.

The key information categories are Mapping, Statistics, and Issues (including SWOTs). The aim is to cover each of these for all parts of the music sector (such as jazz used in the example). While this may happen in separate articles (descriptive; statistical; addressing issues), there is a trend towards discussing issues in an otherwise descriptive or statistical article. This is acceptable.

More Detail and Perspectives

See Knowledge Base Aims and Structure for a full description.

Author

Hans Hoegh-Guldberg. Extracted from Knowledge Base Aims and Structure and published independently on the knowledge base on 3 August 2013.

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