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Revision as of 17:43, 28 August 2013

Year in review

It's been a year and a half since our last major schema update (NGS).

Our development team pushes out updates out approximately twice a month.

  • Mini summit in London on Jan 30th.
  • New data license
  • Universal Music UK launches the Artist Gateway using MBIDs

MusicBrainz Picard version 1.0 was released in June and version 1.1 was released in September. Thank you Lukáš Lalinský (luks), Michael Wiencek (bitmap), and Wieland Hoffmann (mineo) for all your hard work this year!

  • Hack weekend
  • Ian hired


Cover Art Archive

The Cover Art Archive is a joint project between the Internet Archive and MusicBrainz whose goal is to make cover art images available to everyone in an organised and convenient way. The Cover Art Archive was announced to the public in October 2012, but has been collecting images since May 2012. In the past 8 months we have amassed a collection of just under 140,000 pieces of cover art and are currently receiving between 400-600 new pieces each day!

We look forward to the day when the Cover Art Archive is seen as the de facto source of cover art images.

New customers

What does 8tracks do with our data?
Is The Echo Nest a new customer?

We had three new customers in 2012: 8tracks, AOL, and The Echo Nest.

AOL uses MusicBrainz data to provide info on tracks played in Winamp, and on their online artist pages.

Google Summer of Code

alastairp & demosdemon?

We had four students for Google Summer of Code 2012: Alastair Porter (alastairp), Daniel Bali (plaintext), Ian McEwen (ianmcorvidae), and Michael Wiencek (bitmap).

Alastair improved our collections system by fixing long-standing issues and adding new management features. Alastair was mentored by Oliver Charles (ocharles).

Daniel spent his summer using Splunk to dive into our server logs so that we can better understand our traffic patterns. Daniel was mentored by Robert Kaye (ruaok).

Ian broke language barriers and took on internationalisation support. Ian was mentored by Nikki. This is Ian's second Summer of Code with MusicBrainz.

Michael created the long sought after relationship editor. Michael was mentored by Kuno Woudt (warp). This is Michael's second Summer of Code with MusicBrainz.

MusicBrainz summit

The 12th MusicBrainz summit was held in Barcelona, Spain, from Nov 9-11th. The summit was attended by 22 people with 16 flying in from various parts of the world.

As in previous years, the summit has proven once again to be a fantastic experience, not just for the quality of discussions, but also the level of interaction between participants. With the Saturday group meal, socialising at the apartment and continued discussions during breaks at the summit itself, it was great to see people chatting, laughing and generally having a great time. An overview of what was discussed is available on our blog.

We thank Brewster Kahle, Google, Music Kickup, Oliver Charles, and Spotify for sponsoring our 12th summit. We especially thank the Music Technology Group at Universitat Pompeu Fabra for both sponsoring the summit and being our local host. The summit would not have been possible without all of your contributions.

Looking forward

New Edit System (NES)

The New Generation Schema (NGS) update in 2011 made possible many new features, but it did not touch on our ageing edit system. We will be spending lots of development time in 2013 working on the New Edit System (NES) that will fix many of the weaknesses we've had with our current edit system such as not being able to group edits together or amend an edit once its been submitted.

Oliver Charles talks more about what NES is and how it will be implemented on his blog.

Ingestion (Geordi)


Summit Sponsorship $1,000.00
PayPal Donations $9,374.94
General Donations $72,931.50
Consulting $2,500.00
Live Data Feed Licenses $92,300.00
Bank Credits $0.13
Bank Interest $74.09
Amazon Associates $829.54
Reimbursements $2,212.10
Tagger Affiliate Program $14,875.68
CC Data License $6,450.00
Total Income $202,547.98
Officer Salary $69,999.96
Bank $845.00
PayPal $1,235.56
WePay $7.24
GSoC Summit Chocolate $90.12
Rent $4,056.00
Hardware $1,547.59
Travel $6,706.58
Internet $264.38
Marketing $1,000.00
Development $105,587.27
Gifts $37.70
Events $929.80
Hosting $18,775.00
Filing Fees $120.00
Software $488.00
Entertainment $1,297.33
Insurance $2,307.00
Accounting $3,315.49
Payroll Taxes $7,602.47
Total Expenses $226,212.49
  • Google made their annual $40,000 donation bringing their total support to over $200,000!
  • $7500 anonymous donation from a record label


Any specific fundraising efforts this year?


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