Margaret Lam

Margaret Lam


Spring 2013




Part designer, part music researcher, part information professional (in any order you’d like), I am a great believer in interdisciplinary collaborations, and I try to practice what I preach. This blog is a record of key highlights of how my research, professional experiences, and personal interests converge.

My SSHRC-funded master’s thesis was entitled Online Music Knowledge: The Case of the Non-Musician, and has relevance to research currently being conducted in fields such as music libraries and archives, music information retrieval, information seeking and use, knowledge classification, knowledge management, community informatics, as well as music education and ethnomusicology. Under the supervision of Prof. Matt Ratto, I looked at five cases of “non-musicians” who engage with music knowledge online for the purpose of learning how to make music. A pilot study was conducted in 2009 (I presented the preliminary findings at Oxford in April 2010), which served as the foundation to the thesis. I also had the opportunity to present my research at the ICTM 2011 (International Council for Traditional Music) in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the summer of 2011. In 2012, I founded Musin to continue my research collaboration with other colleagues who study music in an interdisciplinary space.

Currently I continue to work as a freelance researcher, writer and designer on independent and collaborative projects. During the rest of the time, I’m devoting my time to develop BeMused Network, an online discovery service for local performing arts in Toronto.