The 2019 MetaBrainz Summit took place on 27th–29th of September 2019 in Barcelona, Spain at the MetaBrainz HQ. The Summit is a chance for MetaBrainz staff and the community to gather and plan ahead for the next year. This report is a recap of what was discussed and what lies ahead for the community.Continue reading “State of the Brainz: 2019 MetaBrainz Summit highlights”
Justin W. Flory is a creative maker. He is best-known as an open source contributor based in the United States. Since he was 14, Justin has participated in numerous open source communities and led different initiatives to build sustainable software and communities. Starting in June 2020, Justin joined the UNICEF Office of Innovation as a full-time Open Source Technical Advisor. In this role, he supports the UNICEF Innovation Fund and other open source activities within the Office of Innovation. He provides support service and mentorship to cohorts of diverse start-up companies to teams hailing from six continents. At the Innovation Fund, Justin provides hands-on technical mentorship, support services, metrics assessments, and sustainable design for scaling open source communities.
How five Queen songs went mainstream in totally different ways
Making graphs is easy. Making intuitive, easy-to-understand graphs? It’s harder than most people think. At the Rochester Institute of Technology, the ISTE-260 (Designing the User Experience) course teaches the language of design to IT students. For an introductory exercise in the class, students are tasked to visualize any set of data they desire. Students David Kim, Jathan Anandham, Justin W. Flory, and Scott Tinker used the MusicBrainz database to look at how five different Queen songs went mainstream in different ways. Continue reading “How five Queen songs went mainstream in totally different ways”
How to set up a ListenBrainz development environment
One of the first rites of passage when working on a new project is creating your development environment. It always seems simple, but sometimes there are bumps along the way. The first activity I did to begin contributing to ListenBrainz was create my development environment. I wasn’t successful with the documentation in the README, so I had to play around and work with the project before I was even running it.
The first part of this post details how to set up your own development environment. Then, the second half talks about the solution I came up with and my first contribution back to the project.
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