Machine Readable Rights and the News Industry
How can technology help assert and protect the rights of content creators? Representatives from publishers, news agencies, photographers trade associations, law firms and standards bodies gave a pragmatic answer to this question at a one-day conference organized by the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) on March 12, 2013 in Amsterdam.
Read a summary of the event
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IPTC study: some social media networks remove rights data from photos
Digital cameras capture a lot of information beside images, including picture dimensions, pixel count or date stamp. And even basic photo editing software allows photographers to embed copyright information and other data. But you wouldn't know that from looking at pictures on many social media sites or after downloading them. According to a study by the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC), major social networks like Facebook, Twitter or Flickr remove copyright information and other useful embedded data from pictures posted by their users. Read the full media release of 12 March 2013 >>>
Relationships drive improvements in news content and delivery
There was a time when newsroom expertise in relationships was confined to the agony aunt. Now, relationships – in the wider sense of linkages among newsmakers, news subjects and events – are the foundation for more efficient and effective news delivery. The change adds a richer level of context -- a “semantic” layer of relationships -- to the descriptive tags on news content.
Read more about these new relationships in an article by the IPTC Editor John Engel.
Sports standards bodies compete for converts
Healthy competition in sports is spreading beyond the field of play, as two rival standards for reporting sports results seek to win supporters in this Olympic year. One of them, SportsML, has been developed by the IPTC, the other one, the Olympic Data Feed (ODF), is championed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
To read more about this competition go to Jonathan Engel's article
Follow exciting Business Meets Technology discussions
The IPTC held its annual Business Meets Technology Day
in June covering the topics "Technology: blending the new with the old", "Data journalism: The machine is the journalist?" and "Usage rights: progress in sight". Each topic was covered by three speakers and a discussion with the audience.
You are invited to follow the presentations and discussions by video on our Business Meets Technology Day 2012 page
New RightsML standard to express news usage rights enters trial phase
A new standard to express usage rights for news and online content in machine-readable format is ready for testing to demonstrate how it can improve publishing efficiency, the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) said Thursday, 26 April 2012. The IPTC is inviting news providers and publishers to participate in the Experimental Phase for its RightsML 1.0 standard. It provides features to express the rights, restrictions and duties associated with selecting, distributing and publishing news content. >>> read an article by IPTC Editor Jonathan Engel
Metadata Conference: Finding Images is the Key to Effective Photo Business
Finding images is the key to effective photo business. This is the theme of the sixth IPTC Photo Metadata Conference which will be held on 17 May 2012 in London. It will focus on the latest technologies to improve search results and on methods and systems for identifying the rightsholders of an image if the copyright notice is not available. The Conference will be held at the annual Congress of the European picture agency association CEPIC. Details of the Conference can be found at www.phmdc.org
including how to register for this industry event. >>> read the media release
rNews goes live on New York Times site
The New York Times made a subtle change to the articles published on nytimes.com
. They rolled out phase one of their implementation of rNews
, the IPTC standard for metadata in web pages. You can read more about it in a blog posting by Evan Sandhaus
, the New York Times' Lead Architect For Semantic Platforms.
Publishers get boost to improve visibility and delivery of online news
Publishers of online news have two powerful new tools, rNews
, at their disposal, thanks to recent work by the IPTC.Read this article written by IPTC Editor Jonathan Engel
Sports Working Party prepared for challenges in larger arena
Sports specialists at the IPTC are expanding their responsibilities to keep pace with fast-moving changes in sports vocabularies and data.Read this article written by IPTC Editor Jonathan Engel
New campaign to support embedded metadata
A campaign has been launched to embed descriptive and rights information in digital media and to retain it during the whole life cycle as outlined by IPTC's Embedded Metadata Manifesto
The initiative has been launched by the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC), the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A's), and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), with the support of trade organisations representing visual arts and photo agencies. It aims to establish the practice of applying descriptions and the copyright status of the content as metadata, and to embed it permanently during the electronic exchange of digital photo, text, audio or video files.Read more about it >>>
rNews 1.0 is ready for production use
rNews 1.0, the IPTC standard for embedding machine-readable publishing metadata into web pages, is ready for production use. After a testing period, the International Press Telecommunications Council has published the final specifications, together with extensive implementation guidelines, at www.rnews.org
. This site demonstrates how publishers and webmasters can add IPTC rNews markup to their web pages now. As with all IPTC standards, rNews is free to use. Read more >>>
Annual update of NewsML-G2 released
The IPTC has released the comprehensive annual update of the NewsML-G2 standard, including EventsML-G2. Both are available now as a shared specification document, shared XML Schema files and the Implementation Guide document for both standards. Find more about it on the NewsML-G2
schema.org adopts IPTC's rNews for news markup
schema.org has added support for rNews, a standard for embedding news publishing metadata into web pages developed by the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC). With this addition, online publishers can now implement IPTC rNews using an approach supported by the Google, Bing and Yahoo! search engines. Moreover, current implementers of schema.org markup now have access to a powerful new set of news- and publishing-specific properties. [Press release >>>
Image Metadata Handbook + Manifesto
Metadata is a key driver for the photo and video media business and needs to be handled carefully and to be preserved. To emphasize its long-standing goal the IPTC has released two documents at the Photo Metadata Conference on 20 May 2011 in Istanbul:
* The Embedded Metadata Manifesto
declares five principles for how metadata should be embedded and preserved in digital media files. All related businesses are invited to support it.
* The CEPIC/IPTC Image Metadata Handbook
provides comprehensive guidelines for a proper management of metadata and corresponding workflows.The Handbook can be downloaded
G2 Scheme Browser for NewsCodes available
The IPTC G2 Scheme Browser is a Java software for downloading and locally viewing and managing the IPTC NewsCodes. You can download
the software and use it for free.
The package includes the Java software plus XSLTs for transforming the NewsCodes vocabularies into widely used formats like CSV and RDF (XML and Turtle).
IPTC NewsCodes in Semantic Web formats
To better integrate with the Semantic Web in general and with Linked Data in particular the IPTC NewsCodes vocabularies are available in RDF/XML and RDF/Turtle format now, both use W3C's SKOS to organise the concepts. See how IPTC NewsCodes in these formats can be retrieved