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ISMIR 2004 Keynote Speaker

Philippe Aigrain
Director of the Society for Public Information Spaces

Whose future is it?
Content analysis of music and its use in indexing, retrieval and representation of musical contents has done outstanding progress in the past few years, progress of which the ISMIR conferences are testimony. I will try to state a question regarding the future of this community: can it afford to let itself be shaped by its environment rather than shaping it? By environment, I mean the legal environment that was already addressed in last year's keynote by Anthony Seeger, but also the technology environment and the research institutional environment and its impact on innovation and usage. Building on the past experience of content processing of images, video ... and music, I will call the ISMIR community to take more decisive steps to shape the future of what it is trying to achieve.
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Philippe Aigrain is the founder and director of the Society for Public Information Spaces, which develops free softwares and provides help services in public debate organization and cooperative exchanges on the internet. He holds a doctorate in computer science. After initial activities in software design, he directed several research teams in the field of media technology for a long time. From 1996 to 2003 he worked in the European research programme, where, as head of the "Software technology and society" section, he promoted free sofware actions; he also had an active role in developing the interface between politics and information society, and statutory initiatives regarding patents and copyright observance. This led him to develop a political rationale regarding positive intellectual rights.




Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Institut Universitari de l'Audiovisual