The EBU has updated two of its key metadata specifications to further harmonize technology ecosystems relevant to media organizations. EBUCore version 1.10 is a reference data model and exchange format developed by metadata experts from the EBU Membership and the wider industry. The related EBU Class Conceptual Model (CCDM) was updated to align with the extended EBUCore specification and further enhanced with new functionalities.
EBUCore was originally designed as a common format for data exchange between broadcasters. Over the years it has evolved to become a widely used reference data model for efficient media information and asset management. EBUCore also exists in the form of an ontology – the so-called EBUCore RDF – which uses semantic web technologies specified by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The EBU Class Conceptual Data Model (CCDM) is an extension of EBUCore. It describes production and business workflows and is relevant in a wide range of domains, including planning, editorial development and production, content distribution and consumption, but also in the associated legal, commercial and regulatory domains. The latest addition to the CCDM concerns functions relevant in auditing and assessment.
Industry collaboration for improved compatibility
The new EBUCore version 1.10 significantly widens the model’s original scope, thanks to the contributions and work of the European ‘MeMAD’ Horizon 2020 project, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), Swedish Television (SVT), the Deutsche Kinemathek, and the Media Information Management experts organized in the EBU Strategic Programme on Production. As usual, the schemas and ontologies are available through the links provided in the download sections of each specification.
The portfolio of controlled vocabularies and taxonomies made available by the EBU has also been significantly enriched, thanks to a collaboration with the German Dwerft project and the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT). The are available for download (XML and SKOS) from the EBU website.