Media Data Space

Federating a trusted and sovereign European Data Infrastructure.

In the past, PSM used to produce and distribute media on their own, self-managing on-premise systems and infrastructure, with only a few opened interfaces to the outside world.  However, in our advanced digital environment, media production and distribution need more and more ways to connect and exchange data between producers, broadcasters, publishers, news agencies etc. and PSMs rely with an increasing number of partners in all their workflows. This is where Data Spaces come in: offering an industry-wide, standardized and secured way of interconnecting and exchanging data and content, Data Spaces facilitate collaboration along an increasingly complex value chain while making sure data/content owners keep control of their data/content, and benefit from its value.

In the process of our digital transition and to preserve European sovereignty, it is increas­ingly necessary that European organizations and society in general access heterogeneous data at scale and harness its full value, especially to enable new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI).

Media is no exception. Facing competition from dominating US platforms and changing habits and expectations from their audience, European media urgently need to accelerate their digital transformation in order to fulfill its obligations in the fields of public information, entertainment, and education.

In this context, the European strategy for data set the ambitious vision to establish common European data spaces in all strategic societal sectors and domains of public interest, including media, and leverage the huge opportunities that modern digital technologies provide without putting our fundamental rights and freedoms at risk or making our environment pay. Data spaces are envisioned as sovereign, trustworthy and interoperable data sharing environments where data can flow within and across sectors, in full respect of European ambitions, rules and values. Any kind of data exchange could take place in a data space, but always under the control of the data owner/holder that defines who can access and under which conditions its data.

The TEMS consortium, composed of 43 partners from 14 countries and from different media subsectors and data space technical experts, was selected by the European Commission to develop technical enablers, sustainable business models and governance required to create a Trusted Media Data Space (TEMS) within 2023-2026 timeframe.

For the benefit of its members, EBU plays a key leading role in TEMS project, coordinating pilot projects, specifying and integrating technical building blocks, establishing data space governance and raising awareness in the media industry.

Group goals

  • Organize regular events to educate and encourage PSMs to join data space initiatives.
  • Share on TEMS advancements and any news concerning European initiatives (Smart middleware, Gaia-X Federation Services, IDSA etc ) and policies that may be linked to Data Spaces ( data Act, Data Governance Act etc..).
  • Share on existing national and regional data-sharing initiatives for media.
  • Define EBU position in TEMS project, especially for Requirements and Specifications setting (WP2), by consolidating insights from EBU community.
  • Support a wider adoption of standards, including standard ontologies for data and metadata exchanged between actors in the media sector, and EBU technologies (ex. Eurovox, Peach, Lynx).
  • Participate and make sure that PSMs’ interests are represented in the governance of the European Data Space.
  • Publish Recommendations for PSM developing use cases in Data Spaces.
  • Discuss, share experience and facilitate the development of Use Cases, including cross-sectorial use cases (for ex. with Media/cultural Heritage or Media/automotive)
  • Explore opportunities to create or take part of EU-funded projects, in relation with data spaces.
  • Represent PSM at Data Space and Industry events.

PUBLICATIONS:

Position paper on Media Data Spaces 

The December 2023 issue of EBU tech-i magazine looks at some of the many ways in which EBU Members are leveraging AI technologies to benefit audiences.

Read about the recent EBU Hackjam on generative AI (p.6), the vera.ai project using AI to tackle disinformation (p.7), and AI-based projects at three EBU Members (p.8–9). It also presents insights from a new EBU report on PSM and AI (p.18).

In this document the properties of a loudness meter in the so-called ‘EBU Mode’ are introduced and explained in detail. Version 3.0 included new minimum requirement test signals, clarifications and a new requirement on LRA stability signalling. Version 4.0 added a Document History and Acknowledgements; some style changes were applied. This set of test signals complements the document.

 

The EBU Technology & Innovation Award 2023 went to BBC for taking the use of private 5G networks for contribution to the next level. While previous tests had involved smaller networks, the coronation of King Charles III in London offered the opportunity to test the new approach at scale. Our cover shows the project leader Ian Wagdin installing one of the 5G cells. Read the full story on pages 10–11.

The three runner-up projects for the T&I Award 2023 are presented on pages 7–9.

This Strategy Roadmap outlines the framework of activities of the Technical Committee and its Strategic Programmes, leveraging the collective expertise of our community and encouraging collaboration among the Members.