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PBCore sessions at the 2010 AMIA Conference
The 2010 AMIA Conference is next week. (How’d it get to be November already?!) For those PBCore denizens attending, please note two sessions that will be of particular interest, both on Thursday, November 4th:
8:30am - 10:00am
Moving to a Digital Asset Management Environment: A Case Study on Fresh Air
Chair: Dave Rice - AudioVisual Preservation Solutions
Speakers: Daniel Pisarski - TelVue Corporation, and Julian Herzfeld - WHYY
Since 1975 WHYY’s production, Fresh Air, has generated thousands of 1/4” analog reels, DAT tapes, CDs, and digital files as well as even more Microsoft Word and Excel documents reflecting a disconnected set of rights, inventory, descriptive, and technical information. This panel looks at all aspects of an initiative to assemble Fresh Air’s metadata collections under PBCore while bringing digital media and metadata into a production-oriented digital asset management system
11:00am - 12:00pm
Coming Attraction: PBCore 2.0
Chair: Courtney Michael - WGBH Media Library & Archives
Chris Beer - WGBH Interactive
Speakers: Courtney Michael - WGBH Educational Foundation
Jack Brighton - University of Illinois
Katrina Dixon - Northeast Historic Film
Kara Van Malssen - Broadway Video Digital Media
There are a number of metadata standards being used by the library and archival community. However few are adequate, and easy for describing media collections. PBCore is a metadata standard that was developed specifically to describe media. Many in the moving image archival community have begun to utilize the standard. After 2 years of a development hiatus, a new initiative has launched to continue development of the standard to bring it to PBCore 2.0. This session will give an overview of PBCore - why it is a good standard to use for media collections and the work to date to bring it to PBCore 2.0. It will demo and tour the new redesigned PBCore.org website highlighting changes, navigation, and the community input features. And finally there will be several use cases showing practical use of PBCore in real archive projects. The end will be a roundtable discussion to get more feedback from the AMIA/IASA community and take questions.
PBCore Program Manager RFP issued by CPB
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.