When I was starting out MusicBrainz and was trying to work out how to make the project sustainable, I would’ve given just about anything to have access to these reports. I am proud that, nearly 20 years later, I was able to contribute to these reports so that others may benefit from our hard work.
Ensure your revenue model aligns with your organisational goals
Understand how your revenue sources will change during your institution’s lifecycle
Consider both financial and non-financial aspects of sustainability
Identify and mitigate future risks
Learn from others
Each of these points represent a whole collections of small lessons that I’ve learned by (often painful) experience of the past years. Also, I feel that these points are not strictly limited Data Institutions, but many also apply to making open source projects sustainable. If you’re in the business of running a data or open source organzation, I would strongly encourage you to read this paper!
For example, the representative from MusicBrainz said, “[A culture of honesty] builds trust, and this trust builds sustainability”
Compared to sustainability, the concepts of trust were much more clear to me from the beginning. However, that doesn’t make this report any less relevant — especially in current times, I welcome an emphasis on trust!
Thank you to the ODI for including MusicBrainz and doing all of the hard work on these reports!
A large variety of issue types have been addressed in today’s release!
As a new feature, search indexes are now dumped and made available along with database dumps under the FTP directory search-indexes. They are mainly intended to be loaded on a MusicBrainz slave server to start a mirror with search.
Among improvements, a noticeable one is to lighten the area’s overview page that was heavily crowded with all sorts of relationships that have been scattered over more specific tabs.
As for bugfixes, the major one secures user/admin forms against CSRF attacks.
Thanks to atj for contributing code to support Traxsource URLs. Thanks to alex_s7, chaban, danbloo, Lotheric, murdos, Skeebadoo for reporting issues. Thanks to kellnerd, Jormangeud, mfmeulenbelt, salorock for updating the translations in German, Finnish, Dutch, Italian, respectively. And thanks to all others who tested the beta version!
No Easter egg in today’s update but rather a dozen or so of small bugfixes and convenient improvements.
Thanks Rotab for the pair of bugfixes he submitted, to CatQuest, chaban, chirlu, FSpy, HibiscusKazeneko, JesseW, KRSCuan, MichelV, wcw1966 for issues they reported, to salorock for the Italian translation he updated, and to all others who tested the beta version!
In these troubling times (New Roman) it has come to our Attention that our Esteemed program “Picard” (from now on known as “The Captain”) is written with Very Silly™ code. This will just not do!
The MetaBrainz Foundation is a very serious organisation! It will not stand for such Silly™ things as Moose, Tissues or Membranophones!
The program (from now on known as “Sir Patrick”) has in addition to pythonesque codings also several oblique references to: burlesque starships, electronic hair-colour, Monty (including “the full”), several references to technologically minded stick-figures, John Cage, and disused towels left by your mother!
For now the program’s (from now on known as St. Paddy) most recent new release (version 2.45!§🥷) vil quickly bee retracted (bzzt!) and replaced by Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Picard (from now on known as (♫♪♬) (version 2.4√-1€DONTBLINK;)) – this to Prevent excesses such as: Rock climbing Monkies, Tobogganing Dates, Breakdancing Pastries and–
Right, that’s enough of that, we apologise for the previous part of this blog post, it is Very Silly™ and the MetaBrainz Foundation is a very serious organisation which does not abide with such silliness!
We will now return to our regular scheduled blog post! –