This Strategic Programme is about Media (a performing art), Information (the meaning of the data’s) and Management (the process), i.e. the models, systems and architectures needed to process information at a machine level. This requires to integrate data/information gathered in pre-production, during acquisition, delivered from automated analysis of content, as well as data generated and published through subtitles, …. in order to enhance and enrich the media.
Television operation's second phase of digitisation is marked by the transition to the use of IT-based technology across all areas of production and exploitation. A key issue is the provision of agile infrastructures supporting adaptation to new business models workflows, and preventing vendor lock-in situations.
Flexible workflows and cost leveraging are key issues. The EBU believes that the use of knowledge modeling and flexible IP-based 'Service Oriented Architectures' (SOA) or similar architectures, as a natural extension of IT-based production, offers the potential for greatly improved interoperability over the current (often proprietary interfaces based) system design practices.
In this context Media Information Engineering and Management is the lifeblood of modern production. To fully achieve an efficient implementation of new architectures, it is crucial to be able to capture, manage, extract, index and retrieve explicit information all across the value chain, and by using well established conceptual and process models. This approach paves the way for defining standard components’ interfaces and behaviours, a key requirement to ensure interoperability and robustness to technological changes.
Semantic technology ensures rapid and robust deployment of such approach thanks to the separation between models and content and to the provided logical interoperability (inc. Linked Open Data).
The MIM Strategic Programme communicates and exchanges with relevant EBU Expert Communites such as ECM (metadata).