The EBU projects on metadata are part of the Media Information Management (MIM) Strategic Programme. MIM benefits from the expertise of the EBU Expert Community on Metadata (EC-M), participation to which is open to all metadata experts, or users and implementers keen to learn and contribute.
Key objectives and challenges!
1. Make metadata easier, richer, cheaper, ubiquitous, integrated and interoperable responding to broadcasters' needs
2. Broaden the traditional field of metadata from archive, production and exchange to delivery and Internet
3. Open and connect the broadcasting metadata community with academic and industry experts
4. Get ready for the future in which metadata will play an essential role
MIM currently manages six projects: MM (Metadata Models), AM (Acquisition Metadata), SCAIE (automatic extraction / generation of metadata) and MDN (Metadata Developer Network). The metadata projects and ECM experts also contribute to the definitions of metadata solutions for th EBU-AMWA FIMS project via the MIM FIMS project (user group). Finally XMLSubs define recommendations or XML subtitling.
These projects and their domains of expertise
Metadata, class data models and representation (MM) : Standards, technologies, systems for representing information (and hence metadata), UML class model representation, XML (“the good old” XML), RDF/OWL (Semantic Web Technologies) and SKOS for classification schemes
Metadata generation and automatic extraction : Automated information extraction, common metadata format: AVDP mpeg7 profile and reference implementation, Generation of metadata during acquisition
XML subtitling : Subtitling is used extensively by broadcasters, both for foreign-language subtitling and as an access service to help people with a disability access television programmes. The creation of subtitles has long used stand-alone file formats, including the well-known EBU Tech 3264 ('EBU STL') and many proprietary formats
Lifecycle : Integration of metadata processes into (subsequent) production processes and workflows, Metadata Class / business object model, Service Oriented Architectures
Acquisition Metadata : The descriptive and technical metadata from tapeless camcorders or live cameras
The developer network : Exchanging experience on best practices and developments, Providing tools as a knowledge base for creating, processing and managing metadata
Many related groups and projects...
More information can be found on the EBU and external groups in which EBU experts are engaged by following the links provided on this page.