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Bart Nagel <>
For the Nema project at the University of Southampton
Probably GPL. Contact me to confirm.

From a set of audiofiles, build a linked data driven audiofile repository which 
can be accessed over HTTP.


1.	Clone the git repository to somewhere Apache can see it. Apache needs to be 
	set up with mod_rewrite enabled and .htaccess overriding allowed (or you 
	could put the rewrite rule in your main Apache configuration).
2.	Pull in the dependencies:
		$ git submodule init
		$ git submodule update
3.	Write a new PHP file AFRepo.class.php extending AFRepoBase.
	This class dictates the canonical paths to the audiofiles in your 
	repository. It also dictates sets of audiofiles which are the same song (for 
	instance clips, different encodings and so on) and which of those is the 
	preferred version. You can put any logic you like in here (database lookups 
	for instance).
	See AFrepo.*.class.php for examples -- these are the extensions I have 
	written for various existing implementations of afrepo and are otherwise 
4.	Optionally write some new classifier classes in the classifiers subdirectory 
	extending from AFClassifier. See the existing ones for examples. Note that 
	some of the existing ones only apply to my particular implementations of 
	afrepo and so are only provided as examples.
5.	Generate symlinks to the audiofiles:
		$ bin/makelinks

At this point your afrepo should be working but of limited use since no 
audiofiles have been classified.

6.	Run some classifiers over your audiofiles:
		$ bin/classify
	That will run all available classifiers on all songs. See its usage message 
	for how to do things such as list the available classifiers, run only 
	particular classifiers, classify only particular audiofiles or force 
	classification even if the classifier has already been run for that file:
		$ bin/classify --help

If Musicbrainz IDs were found for one or more audiofiles the RDF will now show 

7.	Optionally force generation of all RDF, which, if a triplestore is set up, 
	will also have the effect of populating the triplestore.
		$ bin/generateall
	You'll probably want to make sure the permissions allow the webserver to 
	later modify those files with something like this:
		$ sudo chown -R :www-data rdf
		$ sudo chmod -R g+w :www-data rdf


To get RDF for a particular file from the commandline:
	$ bin/rdf path_of_audio_file
	$ bin/rdf --id id_of_audio_file
The --format switch can be used to get that in a different format Arc supports:
	$ bin/rdf --format Turtle path_of_audio_file

To see information about a particular audiofile (including looking up any MBIDs 
with which it has been classified in order to see the artist, title and so on 
according to Musicbrainz) use the fileinfo script:
	$ bin/fileinfo path_of_audio_file

To see statistics about the audiofile repository (classifier hit rate and so on) 
use the stats script:
	$ bin/stats
This can be slow for large repositories, particularly if they use database 
lookups. Its --progress switch is handy in these cases.

Note that usage instructions and lists of options for all scripts in the bin 
subdirectory are available by giving each the --help argument:
	$ bin/allfiles --help


For basic usage instructions navigate to the afrepo directory with your browser. 
All representations for a given audiofile are found at the same URI using 
content negotiation, perhaps with a "303 See Also" redirection to the 
information resource. For instance, assuming the afrepo directory is available 
(this is the string returned by the getURIPrefix method of your AFRepo class), 
the audiofile with the ID 0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef can be found at

Depending on the Accept header sent by your browser you will get different 
responses. With web browsers (which generally have text/html pretty high up in 
the preference list) you'll be redirected with a 303 code to the information 
resource URI (the same with a trailing underscore) and will then get the HTML 
representation. To get the RDF in Turtle format you could try
	$ curl -LH "Accept: text/turtle" 
(the -L flag is required to follow the redirection) or to listen to the audio 
you could try
	$ mplayer http://localtest.localhost/repo1/0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef
(which with current versions of mplayer will fail since it doesn't send an 
Accept header and so receives a "300 Multiple Choices" response, but I've 
submitted a patch for that).


-	An interactive (possibly web based, possibly text mode) classifier to choose 
	between the various classifications which have been made or manually 
	intervene if no MBIDs were found or none of them are correct/acceptable.
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