The initial EMDB project was completed as of 1 November 2014, and the database's web site (www.eMUSICdb.info) opened to the public.
We are expanding the existing EMDB, which focused on documenting the first half of the 20th century, by collecting primary music sources from the second part of the 20th century.
A lot of modern music data of East Asia has been registered on the RISM-OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue); now, about nine hundred items of the EMDB can be searched through the OPAC system.
The project, currently in its final stage of completion, will release the EMDB in the form of a related link on the homepage of the EMRI on 1 November 2014.
Illustration 2 shows the architecture of the EMDB system.
In advanced search (see Illustration 4), the EMDB offers the possibility to search by a combination of multiple fields of the single search.
The EMDB system includes music information and its source, which are stored online as well as offline as shown in Illustration 5.
The music source and its contents are carefully organized within the EMDB system to support efficient registering and searching of music data.
An administrator is the head role for the EMDB system users.
(4) The EMDB system was written in PHP scripting language with MySQL relational database management system tools.