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The first official MusicBrainz hack weekend will take place between 2012-08-17 and 2012-08-19.


The main event will be taking place in the #musicbrainz-devel IRC channel on irc.freenode.org. We also encourage local people to get together and work on things in person if possible. If you're interested in that, please add your details below:

  • ocharles (Oliver Charles) will be in London. If anyone wants to meet, it may be possible to use the Last.fm offices as hack space (need to confirm).
  • ianmcorvidae (Ian McEwen) is in Tucson, AZ, USA. On the off chance anyone else is nearby Ian can host some folks, or we can find somewhere to congregate.
  • RobertKaye will be in SLO, California.


Real time events

Proposed by: ocharles

Now that we have PgQ in our live database, we can do a lot of cool things. Something I'd love to see is a #musicbrainz-editing IRC channel, where a bot can announce changes to an IRC channel. When someone creates an edit, or leaves an edit note, the bot will announce this into the IRC channel. I think this will be interesting just to watch editing in realtime, but also it might have nice side effects on encouraging editing/voting participation.

I would also like to use this event framework to generate an RSS feed of changed MBIDs. This should help reduce problems with libraries doing massive database updates via the web service (headphones, we're looking at you!)

It might be more than we can do in this weekend, but the same idea could be extended to full, actual last-modified support with a bit of legwork mapping database tables and potentially-affected WS endpoints/inc parameters. Ianmcorvidae 19:03, 15 June 2012 (UTC)
I personally want to see the RSS feeds of changed MBIDs and am thinking this will be my personal hack project for the weekend. I can specify how this will look, so that others can plan to work with it as part of our hack day. --RobertKaye 18:06, 21 June 2012 (UTC)

Improving MBChatLogger

Proposed by: ocharles

Developers often mention JIRA tickets and Code Reviews in IRC, and it'd be really useful if a bot could translate those into real links that people can click. Going further, it might be nice to integrate Git commits, JIRA and Review Board activity straight into the IRC channel.

I agree; it'd also be really nice to get rid of the current useless links, and probably also improve or get rid of the silly catchphrases -- for example, stfu.se gets linked whenever the string 'stfu' comes up, making it hard to talk about your "restful night" and other such topics. MBChatLogger also doesn't actually log correctly, especially quits/parts. Ianmcorvidae 18:55, 15 June 2012 (UTC)
I've opened a ticket for automatically sending links to the chatlogs for development meetings to the -devel mailing list a while ago: OTHER-95 because finding them right now is a tedious task. --Mineo 19:23, 21 June 2012 (UTC)

Latest Releases

Proposed by: ocharles

We do an amazing job of collecting data, and we do a terrible job of showing it off. Now that we have the Cover Art Archive providing artwork, it might be nice to show the last 5 releases added that have a 'front' image. We could display this as a row of releases on the front page, along with a 'x minutes ago' part to show just how active we are.


Friday, 17 August, 1900 UTC

We'll have an intro meeting, where we introduce the concept and people can talk about what hacks they plan to do and form teams around their work.

Friday, 17 August, 2000 UTC


Sunday, 19 August, 1900 UTC

An hour long meeting where everyone gets to talk about what they did, and show off their work.

Blog Post

The following needs work, and will be posted to the blog/mb-devel mailing list:

Introducing the first MusicBrainz Online Hack-Weekend

There have been a few discussions on IRC recently about having an online hack weekend, and I'm happy to announce that we finally have some plans.

Between <confirm date> and <confirm date>, we will be encouraging the community to combine together to create some really cool applications that either use MusicBrainz data, or make changes to MusicBrainz itself. We've chosen a fairly long timeframe (compared to a typical hackday) due to the remote nature. Hopefully people from all over the world will combine to create some really neat stuff.

People have already began sketching out project ideas over at the hack weekend wiki page, and we encourage you to add any of your own ideas down - even if you can't make the hackday.

For more information about the hack day, and to help organise it, check out the wiki page and drop by the #musicbrainz IRC channel.

We've never done this before, but we're really excited and hopefully it's going to be a blast. See you in a few weeks!