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A MIR paper published on Nature (the Journal): “Measuring the Evolution of Contemporary Western Popular Music”

Measuring the Evolution of Contemporary Western Popular Music : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group.

Really nice to see (and read) such an interesting Music Information Retrieval (MIR) study in such a prestigious journal as Nature. Congratulations to the authors!

In addition to that, this seems a clear sign that Music Information Retrieval is no “obscure” topic, and research work done in this field  is taken seriously by the overall scientific community, finding its way into the most prestigious and relevant scientific journals in the world (and not only in the filed of MIR, Computer Science, Musicology, etc).

In fact, there’s at least another important milestone in the MIR field that shows exactly that: “Xavier Serra is awarded an ERC Advanced Grant“.

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How to run an Open-Access Scientific Journal – the cheap way

» An efficient journal The Occasional Pamphlet.

Excellent text on the “business model” for an open-access scientific journal. It shows how it may be possible to publish a journal with a $10 tag per page, against the “$5.000 average revenue that scholarly publishers receive.”

A must read. A must think. And certainly something useful to be learned for the “CITAR Journal“.

Thanks to George Tzanetakis for pointing this text out following a discussion on the Marsyas development/user mailing lists about my previous post on this blog on “If you want reproducible science, the software needs to be open source“.

And another interesting article, titled “Open access publishing should not favour those with deep pockets“, with a proposal on how to run an Open Access Journal without payments from readers nor authors.

If you want reproducible science, the software needs to be open source

March 6, 2012 1 comment

Nature Editorial: If you want reproducible science, the software needs to be open source.

I couldn’t agree more with this idea of open source as mandatory for reproducible science.

Music Recommendation Datasets from Last.fm, by Oscar Celma

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

:: Music Recommendation Datasets ::.

One more dataset for MIR and Music Recommendation, compiled by Oscar Celma, and based around Last.fm data and APIs.

And some more detailed info here.

Becoming an Accidental Project Manager

October 9, 2011 2 comments

Becoming an Accidental Project Manager.

Really nice article (or set of articles) with some basic info on how to manage a project.

LaTeX: Fixing Wrong Figure Numbers

September 22, 2011 1 comment

LaTeX: Fixing Wrong Figure Numbers | Terminally Incoherent.

I can’t tell how much time I’ve lost dealing with this freaking (in lack of better term) problem in LaTeX. Stupid solution for a stupid problem, but hey… it has a solution 😉

Whenever you use figures, always (and I mean ALWAYS EVER FOREVER ALWAYS) put\caption first, and \label second like this:

\begin{figure}[htp]
 	\centering
 		\includegraphics{image.eps}
 	\caption{Some Image}
 	\label{fig:some-image}
\end{figure}

Just blogging about it for my future reference.

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Connexions: an educational online and open source resource

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Connexions is:

a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute:

  • authors create and collaborate
  • instructors rapidly build and share custom collections
  • learners find and explore content
More info here: Connexions – About Us.
I’ve learned first about Connexions in this TED talk.