Greetings from the SALAMI deli! We've been hard at work packaging the SALAMI data set for you, and here at last is a public release of the data that you are free to download and use.

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This data set contains about half of the total data we collected. For the benefit of the community, the other half will remain secret for now, though it may be used as a test set for MIREX.

We are dedicating this data to the public domain through this Creative Commons "license." Follow the link for more information about the license, but, briefly put: this license, CC0, effectively frees users from all obligations regarding attribution, derivative works, and reuse. However, we kindly ask that when using the data you cite the ISMIR paper describing its creation.

Jordan B. L. Smith, J. Ashley Burgoyne, Ichiro Fujinaga, David De Roure, and J. Stephen Downie. 2011. Design and creation of a large-scale database of structural annotations. In Proceedings of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, Miami, FL, 555–60.

Like any set of human-generated data, this data set contains some typos and other formatting errors, so please be aware. Updates to the database correcting these errors will follow; so will parsed versions of each file that separate the different layers of the annotations into different files.

Information about the license, the data and more is contained in the ReadMe file that accompanies the data. A spreadsheet giving metadata about the annotations is also provided. You may also wish to read the Annotator's Guide to better understand the annotation format. If you have any questions about the data, don't hesitate to write to Jordan, the contact author on the ISMIR paper.

Last, and certainly not least, we offer our thanks to the many annotators who toiled to create this database: Christa Emerson, David Adamcyk, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Meghan Goodchild, Michel Vallières, Mikaela Miller, Parker Bert, Rona Nadler, and Rémy Bélanger de Beauport. Without their hard work and dedication, this project would have been, well, a lot smaller. We also thank Andreas Ehmann, David Bretherton, Gabriel Vigliensoni, Jessica Thompson, Mert Bay, Reiko Yamada, and William Carroll, who each played a vital role in the execution of the project.

We also acknowledge the financial support of a Digging into Data Challenge grant, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, JISC, and the National Science Foundation.

So please, go ahead and download the data! We look forward to seeing what comes next.

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