Edith Law is a Ph.D. student in the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University and a Microsoft Graduate Research Fellow, working with Luis von Ahn and Tom Mitchell. Her research focuses on innovative applications that close the loop for machine learning, and allow human users to directly interact, monitor and coach learning algorithms. She is the mastermind behind the conception of TagATune.
John Buckman is the founder of Magnatune, a record label known for its commerical application of Creative Commons licensing and overtly artist and research friendly business practice. Since founding Magnatune, Buckman has signed over 250 recording artists across multiple genres. Buckman is a key reason why this dataset is publicly available to researchers, by ensuring that the release respects the rights of magnatune and the artists it publishes.
Olivier Gillet works at Google, daily crunching vast amounts of text and audio signals. During his Ph.D. at ENST Paris, he worked on automatic music transcription, source separation, and novel applications of video analysis methods for music videos. He has made Magnatagatune his personal project, by creating scripts that render this dataset readily accessible to researchers.