On 07 – 08 June 2016, the EBU organized its annual Metadata Developer Network (MDN) workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to addresses a wide range of different aspects related to information management that are relevant to broadcasters.  The two-days were highly interactive in order to ensure that delegates had the opportunity to get hands on.
Media information management is an important aspect of broadcasting. As IT-based technology becomes the norm, it is essential that broadcasters use flexible models including web technologies as well as agile systems and architectures that support adaptation to new business models workflows, and prevent vendor lock-in situations.
Topics such as these were well reflected by the programme. In a nutshell, presentations addressed semantic web in production, data journalism, rights management, tagging, multi-lingual automatic metadata processing, access to cultural heritage, user-oriented information and regulation, developer feedback on FIMS adoption, as well as ‘food for thought’ about unknown future needs to better meet viewers’ expectations.
When asked at the end of the workshop, participants showed their enthusiasm for the event, stating that it was “the best MDN workshop since its inception 4 years ago.” A special thanks was given to the speakers who came with their area of expertise and covered their topics in depth and in an inspiring way. What more could you expect! 
We hope to see you next year. 

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