Application to Participate in the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) Research Community

The Institute of Jazz Studies Research Community, a community of practice dedicated to research and teaching to further the study of Jazz and related fields, is open for participation.   

The primary purpose of the community is to provide enhanced access to digitized, archival resources from the collections of the Institute of Jazz Studies to advance scholarship in the fields of jazz and music studies. This enhanced access includes use of the audiovisual analysis tool, the RUAnalytic, to advance your research and practice.  As a member of the community, you will receive private work space to create annotated audio clips (known as analytics) from available recordings that you can keep for private use, share with others and incorporate into your teaching and research.  Over time, we hope to develop a fully functioning virtual community where you can meet, innovate and develop your research and practice with others in many additional ways.  We will look to the members to guide us in that development.

Please get started with us by completing the form below.  When the completed form is received, we will be in touch with you as soon as we review the information. 


Participation in the IJS Research Community requires that you have reviewed the IJS Research Community Code of Conduct, that you fully understand it, and you agree to abide by all of its requirements, including those incorporated by reference from the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct Including 2010 Amendments of the American Psychological Association and the Principles and Best Practices of the Oral History Association.

* Use of the tool: if you are an educator or student, you may use this tool to create analytics that help you better understand themes across IJS recordings and interviews. If you are a researcher, you may use this tool to create analytics for research into music history, jazz history, or other relevant disciplines.  For example, IJS oral histories can be used to study black history or sociology over the relevant time period from the musician’s perspective.  You might also use the analytic to illustrate approaches to music performance. These are only a few examples. There are many possibilities for how our tool can be used, and we are eager to hear more about your intentions! If you plan to use the tool for a grant funded project, please provide the funding source, funder and grant identifier in your description. This enables us to demonstrate ongoing impact for the tool. 

We will contact any accounts that are dormant one year after last login with a six month warning and steps to take to maintain an active account.  If we do not hear from the participant, at the end of the six month period, the account may be deleted, which includes deletion of any analytics stored in the account.

Currently, accounts do not include public profiles that can be made available to others.  When this feature is developed, you may be contacted for a photo and for permission to make all or part of your profile available to others.