PBCore Program Manager RFP issued by CPB

Written by Jack Brighton on Friday, September 18, 2009

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has clearly re-engaged with the PBCore project, as evidenced by the RFP for a PBCore Program Manager.

This action resulted from a series of conversations and a formal meeting at CPB in July.  Rob Bole, CPB Vice President for Digital Media Strategy, and Project Manager for Digital Media Strategy, called in members of the PBCore Resource Group, the Digital Learning Library, NPR, and the redoubtable metadata goddess Grace Agnew among others, to regroup and discuss Next Steps for PBCore.

The issuance of the RFP renews CPB's committment to the development and support of PBCore as the sanctioned AV metadata standard for public media, at least for the next couple of years. Beyond that period, something will have to be in place to maintain and support the standard and the community using it. What that looks like will likely be the biggest challenge for the PBCore Program Manager.

Other work is fairly well defined: bringing PBCore up to a version 2.0 (we all know it needs further development), revising the pbcore.org website, and considerable outreach and training activities that must be quickly resumed.

The RFP has to be considered good news for the PBCore community. But the job will not be easy for whoever takes it on.


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