• ET SIG: Music and Metadata Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - 07:00PM
    Cubberley Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Rd., RM H-1
    Palo Alto, CA
    Emerging Technology

ET SIG: Music and Metadata



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Emerging Technology SIG



    Mike Linksvayer, CTO, Creative Commons

    Stephen Bronstein, COO, IODAlliance

    David Marks, CEO, Loomia


    Presentation Overview

    Over the past 13 years, the web has grown from a simple content distribution mechanism into a vast repository of information and on-line data. As the amount of information available has exploded, and as the number of people using the internet as a source of both information and a way to purchase goods and services has increased exponentially, the use of metadata (or data about the data) has become more important.

    Early experiments included Epinion’s reviews and Amazon’s collaborative filtering. Current experiments include RSS (metadata about which information is new), FOAF (metadata about social relationships), and the semantic web (expressive ways to encode metadata).

    In this panel discussion, participants from the bleeding edge of musical metadata will talk about their vision for the future of music, and how metadata will help make that happen.


    About the Presenters

    Mike Linksvayer

    Mike Linksvayer is CTO of Creative Commons (and representing MusicBrainz), where he leads development of technologies that leverage "some rights reserved" content. Previously Mike co-founded Bitzi, a digital media metadata service, following a tour in enterprise software. Mike's career began as a multimedia consultant and skeptic after obtaining a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois.

    MusicBrainz is a community music metadatabase that attempts to create a comprehensive music information site. You can use the MusicBrainz data either by browsing this web site, or you can access the data from a client program — for example, a CD player program can use MusicBrainz to identify CDs and provide information about the CD, about the artist or about related information. You can also use the MusicBrainz Tagger to automatically identify and clean up the metadata tags in your MP3 collections.


    Stephen Bronstein

    Steve has been involved with digital music for over fourteen years, starting at Media Touch / Media Digital Systems, where he oversaw manufacturing of the Media Touch studio automation product line. Steve also has extensive experience in the online service space as the founder and COO of WebYes, Inc, an industry pioneer Application Service Provider acquired by Breakaway Solutions (NASD: BWAY) in June 1999. After the acquisition, Steve drove the operational integration effort and then ran the product management group for Breakaway ASP hosting.

    Most recently, Steve has worked as a consultant in San Francisco and previously in Hong Kong. In San Francisco, his clients included an early stage music promotion/web community startup. In Hong Kong, Steve worked primarily with early stage firms in the internet services and infrastructure industry. Steve has also held technology positions at Apple Computer and Putnam Investments.

    Steve holds a BSE in Finance from the Wharton School of Economics and a BSE in Systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

    IODA is a digital distributor, with the primary goal of making music available to fans via digital "retail stores." Independent labels send their music (CD’s or Vinyl) to IODA, which then distributes it to the myriad of download services available. IODA represents sound recording rights whereas publishers represent only compositions. IODA receives a portion of the license royalties paid out by the services in exchange for ongoing rate negotiation, catalog encoding and data management services, precise and comprehensive reporting, and the administration and distribution of royalties.


    David Marks

    David Marks is CEO of Loomia, a developer of community-based personalization technologies for finding relevant digital entertainment content. Loomia's technology models how people find trusted information in the real world -- by incorporating the input of people you trust to help you make you good decisions.

    David has led technical teams and innovative software tools for over 10 years. Most recently, David was responsible for directing implementation of community fundraising tools for the Kucinich for President Campaign. Previously, he was a founding member and software architect of Modulant Solutions, which developed one of the first commercial semantic integration software products. David has also consulted for a range of organizations ranging from Miramax Films to American Century Investments as a principal engineer at vivid studios, which was acquired by Modem Media in 2000.


    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center

    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1

    Palo Alto, CA


    7:00 - 7:20 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

    7:20 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
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    No registration required

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