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Currently under development

Next Generation Schema

The Next Generation Schema of the database was released in mid-May 2011 and was the culmination of five years of planning and two years of active development. The changes NGS brings to the "release model" moves MusicBrainz from a "will this work?" open source project aimed at identifying Audio CDs, and solidly moves it towards being a comprehensive music encyclopedia.

MusicBrainz summits

2011-10-15 Summit 11 (Rotterdam, NL)
2009-11-28 Summit 10 (Nürnberg, DE)
2008-05-10 Summit 9 (London, UK)
2007-06-07 Summit 8 (London, UK)
2005-12-03 Summit 7 (Hamburg, DE)
2004-11-30 Summit 6 (London, UK)
2003-11-20 Summit 5 (Oxford, UK)

Release history

2011-05-16 Server release (blog post)
  • Other: Complete rewrite of MusicBrainz Server on a new data model, with new frameworks
  • Other: Full use of CSS and a new, cleaner design.
  • New feature: new schema that allows us to grow into a comprehensive music encyclopedia.
  • New feature: RDFa support embedded into the HTML pages
  • New feature: A new version of our web service API (see release notes)
  • New feature: Artist Credits
  • Improved: Huge improvements to the release model; such as supporting multiple discs/mediums (see release notes)
  • New feature: The concept of a musical Work is now supported (see release notes)
  • New feature: The concept of a musical Recording is now supported (see release notes)
  • New feature: Releases support packaging and can be be attributed to multiple labels.

This list only scratches the surface; see the release notes for the bigger picture

2009-05-24 Server release (blog post)
  • New feature: Release Groups, these are used to group several different releases into a single logical entity.
  • New feature: ISRC, a standardized identification system for audio and music video recordings.
  • Other: WikiDocs now use new MediaWiki wiki.
2009-03-15 Wiki migration
  • Other: Wiki imported into MediaWiki, MoinMoin wiki moved to read only state.
2008-11-23 Server release (blog post)
  • New feature: Rating System, this allows users to rate MusicBrainz entities (artists, labels, releases and tracks).
  • New feature: CD Stubs, these are raw releases with a DiscID which are not part of MusicBrainz proper data.
  • New feature: Collections added, these allow users to keep track of their own music collections in MusicBrainz.
  • Removed feature: TRMs.
2007-10-14 Server release (blog post)
  • New feature: Folksonomy tag support added.
  • New feature: Subscribe to Editor, this allows a user to subscribe to other users edits the same way as one can be subscribed to an artist right now.
2007-04-01 Server release (blog post)
2006-12-17 Server release
  • New feature: URLs can now be edited, instead of having to be removed and readded.
  • New feature: FreeDB search added.
2006-07-12 Server release (blog post)
  • New feature: Edit notes now have timestamps.
2006-03-05 Server release (blog post)
2005-04-10 Server release (blog post)
  • New feature: Advanced Relationships (blog post), these allow MusicBrainz users to define new and flexible relationships between almost any data element. For example, "artist a and artist b are married", "artist c performed on track d".
  • New feature: Artist Comment, these help in distinguishing between identically named artists.
  • Other: Voting now required a verified email address.
  • New feature: Added the ability for Auto-Editors to temporarily drop their privileges, thus allowing them to enter an edit that has to go through the voting process.
  • New feature: Artists now display the number of subscribed users.
  • New preference: "Allow other users to see my subscribed artists".
  • New preference: "When I vote on a edit, mail me all future notes for that edit"
2004-11 Server release (blog post)
  • New feature: Artist annotations, Release annotations, there allow editors to add free-text annotations to artists and releases.
  • New edit type: "Add Disc ID", these are auto-approved edits like "Add PUID"; but having the data added via a moderation provides an audit trail of changes.
  • Other: Style Guidelines and Documentation moved to the wiki.
  • New feature: Amazon matching, most Amazon mismatches are now fixed.
  • Other: MusicBrainz is now a Tax Exempt Organization.
2003 and older
  • Capitalization standard proposal accepted and guideline created.
  • Email address confirmation went live in June, 2003.