EBU CORE (EBU Core Metadata Set)
EBU Tech 3293 (EBUCore) is the flagship of EBU's metadata specifications .
In 2000, the original goal was to refine the semantics of the Dublin Core elements for audio archives. Today, the domain of use of the EBUCore specification is much broader and is no longer limited to audio or archives.
Where is EBUCore? Combined with the EBU Class Conceptual Data Model (CCDM) of simple business objects, EBUCore provides the appropriate framework for descriptive and technical metadata for use in Service Oriented Architectures and also in audiovisual ontologies for semantic web and linked data developments . EBUCore has been adopted by several broadcasters around the world. It is referenced by the UK DPP (Digital Production Partnership). It has been selected as the best 'core' and integrated in MediaCorp' metadata framework. It is the foundation of technical and descriptive metadata in FIMS 1.0. It is also the metadata scheme of reference in the project EUScreen (European portal on audiovisual public archives counting 12 EBU members and national archives), which delivers linked data to Europeana . EBUCore has been published as AES60 by the Audio Engineering Society ( AES ). The Nordiff group is also using EBUCore for metadata exchange between Nordic countries. The Swiss archive project Memoriav is using EBUCore for its Memobase. The W3C Media Annotation Ontology ( ma-ont ) is based on EBU's Class Conceptual Data Model and is fully compatible with EBUCore, which mapping has been defined and published as part of the W3C specification. EBUCore is also being registered in SMPTE (EBU Class 13) and has been submitted as the basis for the SMPTECore.
EBUcore comes with tools! EBU is working with the NTUA University of Athens on the MINT for EBUCore mapping tool which will allow future EBUCore users to map thei own metadata into this format. EBU and Limecraft have developed a MXF SDK for embedding/extracting EBUCore metadata in MXF files.
Audio and metadata experts continue their collaboration on the definition of a new metadata model to improve audio description in EBUCore.
EBUcore is also at the heart of EBU's semantic web developments. EBU has developed several collaborations with partners such as Perfect Memory developing solutions for the management, archiving, automatic indexation, and ready-for-monetization packaging of mass media contents (video). First Perfect Memory (EBUCore compliant)middleware deployments can be found at RTBF and Radio-France.
EBUCore is published under the Creative Commons "Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike3.0 Unported(CC BY-SA 3.0)". Users and implementers have the freedom to change EBUCore to address their respective needs. They should mention that the new specification is based on EBUCore. They are encouraged to share the results alike. It can be implemented intoproducts for commercial pruposes but cannot be traded as a specific commodity .