First issued in October 2012, the EBU has now published a new version of its EBU Class Conceptual Data Model (CCDM). The CCDM is an ontology using semantic web technologies and defining a basic set of classes and properties as a common vocabulary to describe business objects, e.g. programmes, articles and other types of content, and their relations in media business workflows.

The CCDM is vital for content providers and broadcasters to have a well-defined class model to be used for:

  • Greater understanding of the business models and workflows;
  • Process optimisation with easier and more reliable data exchange;
  • A simpler and rationalised description of Media objects and entities;
  • The easier implementation of media service oriented production architectures;
  • The adoption of new information management models such as Semantic Web and Linked Data (enrichment, improved searching and ubiquity).

The CCDM has been designed to let implementers adapt the model to their respective modeling needs (objects, relationships, properties). Each organization is encouraged to make a proper analysis and to create its own model starting from the CCDM framework as a common base for comparison with models from other CCDM implementers.

Examples are programmes in their different phases of creation from commissioning to delivery, their associated rights or publication events. CCDM is a common framework and users are invited to, and should, further enrich the model with classes and properties fitting their needs more specifically.
CCDM is also  an extension of EBUCore RDF.

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