With every credit to the work that Dan put into Scorico, that door is now closed as far as the ability resurrect or build directly upon it. Bummer! But I choose to think of that as an opportunity to maybe rethink the possibilities.
I’ve no idea how many are familiar with Disco Services ( https://www.disco.ac ) and the capabilities of Disco libraries in particular, so here’s a short description:
1. Essentially, the owner creates an "inbox" for the library and authorizes users to upload (In our case) Dorico scores, demo audio, PDF, expression maps, etc. 1.1 Users are given a link to drag/drop files to the inbox and add certain other information. 1.1.1 For the ambitious, there is a free "bulk uploader" you can install on your machine to streamline the process. 1.1.2 Any Existing Disco account holders (this is not required) can "cross-link" files from their own private account to the inbox for inclusion in the library. 1.2 The user is allowed to request that the files go on a certain "playlist" within the library. 1.2.1 These allow a contributor to have their own sub-page within the larger library. Say for example an educator wishes to have a page/playlist that correspond to a certain course, or project. 1.2.2 With appropriate permissions, a playlist can contain works from other contributors - as say the educator wants their students to review certain other scores or material from within the library. 1.2.3 A playlist may have its own images and information including contact information. 1.2.4 Each playlist gets its own direct link, which the contributor may distribute to students, etc. 1.3 An AI driven module automatically categories and creates search tags for files in the inbox. Tags are also read from audio metadata. Thumbnails are created for PDF's, etc. 1.4 The owner (or other designated "team members") manually reviews the tagged files in the inbox and put them in the library as appropriate. 2. The library is searchable by the obvious like title, composer, contributor, etc. but also a wide variety of AI generated or contributor tags such as words from the lyrics, lyrical theme, key, tempo, instrumentation, file type, ... 3. Anyone can view the content (if it is viewable in a browser like PDF's) or listen to any audio. Downloading depends on the library settings: Authenticated users (you do not have to be a Disco account holder) can download material from libraries that have a "public" setting. As you might expect, users cannot download material from libraries that have a "private" setting unless the contributor gives them a private download link - another use for putting contact info on a playlist I suppose.
Whew, sorry about that. Essentially I’m toying with the idea of creating such a library under my existing Disco account. Since we can’t say Dorico Community Library, Let’s call it Ludovico (Dorico’s brother) just for the sake of this discussion. Actual Name/URL is TBD.
I though maybe the subpage/playlist feature might increase the value to some, as well as the use of the “private” setting to let contributors control their downloads (or refer users to their own private Disco account if they have one).
Costwise and goalwise, I’m pretty much where Dan was with Scorico. Ballpark, It will cost me about $120 per year per thousand files. I’m thinking I’d just eat that for the first 1000 or so. (Be nice to have the problem of outgrowing that) No direct score selling. No charge or donation just to put some files in the public library.
If you want to have your own page/playlist within the library, I’m toying with the idea of some nominal fee ($1 per year?) to offset the cost of things a bit and provide a way forward for more files if that becomes a concern.
Since I’m the one who has to pay per file, I’d reserve the right to do some culling occasionally to keep costs down and quality up, but having your own page/sublist would protect you from that.
And if you want FULL control, have publishing or privacy concerns, etc. then have your own Disco Account and link what you want to the public library. Give me a referral if you sign up, and I may get a few credits from Disco to save a little bit.
On the subject of licensing and publishing - I’m thinking of the difference of what publishing means for ownership of a work, versus a specific written version of a score, versus audio, etc.
The easy one is that ownership of a musical work is never transferred, so the work itself doesn’t have to be considered creative commons. You WOULD have to grant a non-exclusive license to the library to stream your uploaded audio without royalties. And a creative commons license for any Dorcio File, expression map, etc. that is downloadable from the public library. If exclusivity is a problem, you might upload a score reduction or something that would considered a different ISMN/printed work maybe?
I might have just wasted a lot of time thinking and typing, sigh. Thoughts? Useful?