MusicBrainz Summit/13

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MusicBrainz Summit 13 is happening between the 20th and 23rd September, 2013 at Wikimedia Germany in Berlin.


People planning to attend should aim to arrive in time for dinner on the 20th (Friday), though it seems that people will arrive mid-day. Plan to return home on the 23rd (Monday), or as late as possible on Sunday if you need to leave earlier.

We'll meet all day Saturday and Sunday at Wikimedia Germany at 10:00 -- please see the meal section for details on when group meals will happen.


Meals will be provided for: Breakfast and lunch with be crowd-sourced from the local NP-Markt. We'll send some people to go to buy food for us to eat for breakfast and lunch. We'll at the Wikimedia offices. Detailed information on dinners follows below:

Friday dinner

When: 19:00
Where: ZsaZsa Burger, Motzstrasse 28 near U-Bahn Nollendorfplatz.
Notes: We have a reservation for up to 22 people and will be seated in their outdoor tent. They can provide blankets for anyone who needs one -- be prepared to dress a little warmer

Saturday dinner

When: 18:30
Where: Max & Moritz, Oranienstrasse 162.
Notes: We must order from their group menu. We need to mail them our order around lunch time on Saturday in an effort from them to serve all of us at the same time.

Sunday dinner

We'll play this one by ear. Ruaok will lead an expedition to eat at Mustafas, which entails a long wait that is paired with beers from a shop next to Mustafas. This is a quintessential Berlin experience!

If you'd like something less authentic, we'll organize another group of people to go someplace else.


We've rented a flat that has space for 10-12 people at Weimarische Straße 15 (OSM). We have the flat from Friday 2pm to Monday 11am. If you'd like to stay at the flat, please add yourself to this list:

ruaok, ianmcorvidae, nikki, CatCat, kepstin, Mineo, reosarevok, LordSputnik, warp, navap, Freso, ocharles

The flat is full. If you plan to attend you will need to find other lodgings!

People confirmed to be attending

NOTE: We have a limit of 20 people who can attend, based on available capacity at Wikimedia Germany.

(times are for Friday/Monday except where otherwise noted)

Arriving Leaving Notes
Time Details Time Details
JonnyJD (lives in Berlin (Köpenick), I'm basically free Friday to Monday)
fractalizator (lives in Berlin (Schöneberg))
hrglgrmpf (lives in Berlin, can only attend on Friday evening for dinner)
nikki 06:38 DB CNL457 13:48 DB ICE556 via Berlin Hbf
reosarevok 10:15 Air Baltic BT211 10:40 Air Baltic BT212 via TXL
navap 11:15 Brussels Airlines 2581 06:40 Brussels Airlines 2592 via TXL
kepstin 11:30 British Airways BA0982 11:00 British Airways BA0991 via TXL
ocharles 12:20 British Airways 983 via TXL
LordSputnik 11:35 EZY5409 21:05 EZY5416 via SXF
ruaok 12:55 Lufthansa 168 18:40 Swiss 971 via TXL
Mineo 13:32 DB IC2355 12:26 DB IC2356 via Berlin Hbf
ijabz 16:20 EZY6237 16:50 EZY6238 via SXF
Freso 22:25 EZY4558 07:15 EZY4553 via SXF
warp 22:45 EZY4568 19:35 (Sun.) EZY4567 via SXF
CatCat 08:05 (Sat.) Air Berlin 8245 21:10 (Sun.) Ryanair FR8904 via TXL (in)/SXF (out)
Anders Arpteg (Spotify) TBD

People who might attend

  • KRSCuan if my schedule allows
  • Dupuy Although I've not been active in MBz for quite some time, I am now living in Berlin, and would love to attend if there's space. We have a large apartment in Wilmersdorf and I might be able to provide accommodations for some participants.
  • noobie I'm living in Berlin and will probably pop in for a beer in the evening ( if the weather allows in the park or whatever plans there are for the evening :) )


Notes from the Summit

Saturday 21 September:

Sunday 22 September:

  • (add more here)

At some point, with no assigned day (yet):

  • Box Sets
  • Beginner-Friendliness
  • Promotion
  • More visiblility for/work on NES?/NES update
  • Videos
  • Internationalization (i18n) (including multi-lingual wiki)
  • Classical Support
  • Official Cross-Platform Awesome MusicBrainz Player
  • WavePlot Scanning + Tagging
  • How to make voting a less tedious experience and get more people to do it!
  • Making Relationships easier to use, add and edit
  • Master and Performance Entities (+ relationship inheritance?)
  • Geordi update
  • mb-style reform
  • Homepage Design
  • Site Target Audience (analytics?)

See also: Google Doc with previous unresolved summit topics (LordSputnik's -- not editable by others)

Important things to not forget, but that will be forgotten anyway

  • Napkins

Public Transportation in Berlin

From Tegel Airport (TXL)

Tegel in the north west is the more central of the airports (zone B). There are no train connections, so you will need to take a bus to the city centre. The bus route TXL runs every 6-7 minutes to Berlin Hauptbahnhof and takes about 22 minutes. The bus route X9 runs every 10 minutes to Zoologischer Garten and takes about 20 minutes.

From Schönefeld Airport (SXL)

Schönefeld in the south east is just outside Berlin (zone C). There are two direct train routes to Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the RE7 running hourly at 23 minutes past the hour and the RB14 running hourly around 48 minutes past the hour. Both take about 28 minutes to reach the Hauptbahnhof. There are also buses and S-Bahn trains running more frequently, but they do not connect directly with the Hauptbahnhof and the journey takes about twice as long.


Tickets for zones A and B cover the whole city area including Tegel Airport, but not Schönefeld Airport. A single ticket costs €2.60 and you can travel on the S+U-Bahn trains, RE/RB trains, trams and buses for 2 hours in one direction. A short trip ticket is €1.50 and you can go 3 S+U-Bahn stations or 6 bus stops (without changing buses). A day ticket costs €6.70.

For travelling to/from Schönefeld, you need a ticket which includes zone C. A single ticket for zones A+B+C costs €3.20. A day ticket costs €7.20.

Other information

There is a map with the main trains (S-Bahn + U-Bahn). You can search for times and routes.

Some of the main trains also run (quite frequently) in the night. To other places you can get with night busses (starting with N). If you feel lost, try to find out where you are and call a taxi at +4930202020.

For the trains, you should buy your tickets up front at the station from the ticket machine and then stamp it to validate it in one of the stamping devices (which will probably be next to the ticket machines). On buses you can also buy tickets when entering. Tickets are only checked randomly and not when entering stations or trains (you are supposed to show your ticket when entering a bus).

Wikivoyage has a relatively well-populated page on Berlin as well, though much of the information duplicates the above.


Use (English version) to plan your route. Locations like "Tegel Airport" are also supported. If you have an iPhone/iPad/iPod, Fahrinfo is the best free app for transit route planning.

Google Maps now supports (BVG) U-Bahn and buses, as well as S-Bahn and regional trains (but be wary of routes via regional RE/RB as those trains often run late).