Disrupting the Music Tech Space with Open Data

Robert Kaye (MusicBrainz)
Government/Open Data
Location: 116
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Too many big data sets live in walled gardens and thus limit innovation to a few players. Creating open data sets levels the playing field and allows open source hackers to participate. MusicBrainz and Barcelona’s Music Technology Group at Universitat Pompeu Fabra are launching the AcousticBrainz project. This new crowd sourced open data project that collects many data points about acoustic qualities of music. The project’s unique value proposition to the music tech community promises to shake up the discovery and recommendation space.

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Robert Kaye


Robert is the founder and lead geek for MusicBrainz ( http:musicbrainz.org ), and Executive Director of the MetaBrainz Foundation, the non-profit organization that pays the bills for MusicBrainz. After studying Computer Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo he joined Xing Technology where he shaped the MP3 efforts and then spent time for the dot com boom on EMusic’s FreeAmp team. While at EMusic he started working on MusicBrainz, the open music encyclopedia and fell in love with Open Source software.

Robert is also an active hardware hacker, creating art projects for Burning Man and Nowhere. He is the co-founder of Party Robotics ( http://partyrobotics.com ) where he co-created Bartendro the open source cocktail robot. He lives in Barcelona and cooperates with the Music Technology Group at Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( http://mtg.upf.edu/ ).

Follow Robert on Twitter: @mayhemBCN