The ISMIR business meeting

Notes from the ISMIR business meeting – this is a meeting with the board of ISMIR.


  • President: J. Stephen Downie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Treasurer: George Tzanetakis, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Secretary: Jin Ha Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • President-elect: Tim Crawford, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
  • Member-at-large: Doug Eck, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Member-at-large: Masataka Goto, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
  • Member-at-large: Meinard Mueller, Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, Germany

Stephen reviewed the roles of the various officers and duties of the various committees.  He reminded us that one does not need to be on the board to serve on a subcommittee.

Publication Issues

  • website redesign
  • Other communities hardly know about ISMIR.  Want to help other communities be aware of our research.  One way is to make more links to other communities.  Entering committees in other communities.

Hosting Issue – will formalize documentation, location planning, site selection.

Name change? There was a nifty debate around the meaning of ISMIR.  There was a proposal to change it to ‘International Society for Music Informatics Research’.  I recommend, given Doug’s comments about Youtube from this morning that we change the name to: ‘ International Society for Movie Informatics Research’

Review Process: Good  discussion about the review process – we want paper bidding and double-blind reviews.  Helps avoid gender bias:

Doug snuck in the secret word ‘youtube’ too, just for those hanging out on IRC.

  1. #1 by jeremy on September 2, 2010 - 10:26 am

    re: ISMIR name change: Didn’t Don Byrd and I have this debate on your blog a few years ago? Or on the Duke Listens! blog, I mean? We should dig that up.

    I’ll state my opinion again: The difference between “music information retrieval” and “music informatics research” is that the latter implies only discovering patterns information, whereas the former implies both discovering and APPLYING or using those patterns to do something.

    For example, beat tracking is music informatics. But playlist generation, by first doing and then using (among many signals) beat tracking is music information retrieval.

    I still stand by my desire to keep the name “music information retrieval”, because it is really what the community is about: the end-user application of music informatics. We don’t want the conference to be about informatics only. We want it to be about the application of those informatics. And that is what information retrieval is!

  2. #2 by jeremy on September 2, 2010 - 10:31 am

    the latter implies only discovering patterns information

    I mean: the latter implies only discovering patterns in information

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