EBU Technical is promoting the use of semantic web technologies and linked data in broadcasting production. It is foreseen that, in a not so distant future, semantic web technologies will penetrate media production deeply as a mechanims to manipulate business objects as web resources, harmonise metadata formats in the form of triples, and enhance data exchange and search through common storage structures such as triple stores (and associated powerful search patterns and engines).

EBU Technical has actively taken part in the definition of the Media Annotation (MA-ONT) ontology of W3C by proposing the EBU Class Conceptual Data Model (CCDM) and co-authoring the RDF/OWL ontology.

If you are not familiar with the Semantic web, Several W3C links are provided on this page with various resources for knowledge mining.

EBU CCDM is an ontology that proposes a high level data model for broadcasting from commissioning to play-out. It has been developed with the active collaboration of VRT, NRK and ABC Australia.

EBUCore RDF is a representation of an EBU CCDM compliant hierarchy of business objects described using simple EBUCore descriptive and technical metadata properties in more details than CCDM. The RDF representation of EBUCore has been updated to reflect the final version of the EBU Class Conceptual Data Model (CCDM) and improve mapping to schema-org, Dublin Core and FOAF. EBUCore RDF has been published as a Linked Open Vocabulary (LOV) (

EBU's XML Classification Schemes (reference data sets) have also been represented after XSLT transformation in RDF SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organisation System) to facilitate reuse with the EBUCore ontology.  

Elements from EBUCore have been jointly submitted to schema-org by EBU and BBC to describe publication events associated to on-line and broadcast services.

The EBU is now promoting the use of semantic technologies in FIMS, the framework of interoperable media service, a joint AMWA-EBU initiative.