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PBCore rides again

Written by Jack Brighton on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

As the denizens and constituents of will know, this community blog got started when somebody who shall remain nameless dropped the ball on continuing support for PBCore back in 2008. By that time, many audiovisual archives and developers had adopted PBCore as a promising metadata standard for audio and video assets and collections. Some community dialogue and self-support was needed, and the PBCore community has grown significantly since then.

Well here’s some good news: PBCore is back in action, with the official support of WGBH and the Library of Congress. It’s now under the care of the American Archive, which has been funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting which has renewed its commitment to preserving the audiovisual treasures created over decades by public broadcasters and producers in the United States.

There is some work to do on the PBCore schema, and a really good team of people are working on that now. The canonical PBCore website will soon be refreshed, and other teams are working on educational and support materials.

You can get more of the full rundown on the American Archive website announcement of this news that PBCore is back in action!

PBCore 2.0 session at the Open Video Conference, October 1, NYC

Written by Jack Brighton on Thursday, September 30, 2010

For those attending the Open Video Conference this weekend in New York, don’t miss the panel on PBCore 2.0. A stellar lineup will talk about the process of developing 2.0, and hopefully share some details about where it’s going.

Here are the panel specifics, copied from the OVC schedule:

Summary: An Introduction to PBCore 2.0: Metadata for Public Broadcasters - (4:30 PM - 5:30 PM)

Description: PBCore has served the Public Media community as a metadata schema for describing media since 2005. With a new round of funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WGBH Boston is working on PBCore 2.0 – an updated version which will increase its flexibility as a schema and therefore its applicability to diverse user scenarios. In addition, a new web site with updated documentation is set to launch next month (November, 2010). Come learn about PBCore: how it is evolving, how it is applied, and how it can benefit your workflow and interoperability as a video content producer or consumer.

Chair: Nan Rubin — PBCore Project
Linda Tadic — Audiovisual Archive Network
David Rice — Audiovisual Preservation Solutions
Chris Beer — WGBH Interactive Alpha site launched!

Written by Courtney Michael on Thursday, April 15, 2010

Head on over to, check out the face lift, and leave your feedback!

WGBH is in the process of re-designing and we’ve just launched the “alpha” site which includes:


The interior pages remain the same for now, as the full re-launch is scheduled for November 2010 to coincide with the release of PBCore 2.0.

To that end, please contribute change requests for the schema, elements, etc., by June 30, 2010.

This summer, we’ll be conducting card sort and user testing exercises to re-organize the site’s new and legacy content and to make it as clear, concise and useful as possible for PBCore users. If you have suggestions or would like to participate please contact us or participate in the blog.

Many thanks to all who provided, and who continue to provide input into the new site, including Jack Brighton, Paul Burrows, Nan Rubin, the Code4Lib community, and the WGBH PBCore team!

CPB today announces the launch of the PBCore 2.0 Development Project

Written by DaveRice on Monday, March 22, 2010

(Washington, DC) - - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting today announced the launch of the PBCore 2.0 Development Project.

The PBCore 2.0 Development Project will expand the existing PBCore metadata standard to increase the ability, on one hand, of content producers and distributors using digital media to classify and describe public media content (audio and video) and, on the other, of audiences to find public media content on a variety of digital media and mobile platforms.

The PBCore 2.0 Development Project will also work to enhance the PBCore standard to ensure that it will be able to satisfy the demands of multiplatform digital content as well as an evolving World Wide Web. Since PBCore's development in 2005, it has become not only one of the most widely-used metadata standards in the world, but also the basis of other metadata standards. At the same time, in the last five years, the number of digital media applications that would benefit from PBCore has grown significantly. An updated PBCore will benefit not only public broadcasters, but all users of metadata standards based on PBCore.

PBCore 2.0 will be managed by WGBH, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions and Digital Dawn. More information on the PBCore 2.0 Development Project will be available at starting in mid-April. Please refer inquiries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) of WGBH.


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