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22 Jan
NewsML-G2 + EventsML-G2 2.15: the joint annual update of the standard for exchanging multimedia news, packages thereof and structured event information plus editorial planning data - DOWNLOAD (60MB) - more in NewsML-G2 section or the EventsML-G2 section
23 Oct 2013
The brand new news-in-JSON format ninjs 1.0 is available - see
23 Oct 2013
 RightsML 1.2 Experimental Phase released: the standard to express usage rights for news and online content in machine-readable format is ready for testing - find more on the RightsML Developer Site
21 Feb 2012
SportsML 2.2 released: update of the open XML standard for the interchange of sports data - find more in the SportsML section
12 Jan 2012
NITF Version 3.6 released: an update of the standard for marking up textual news content. DOWNLOAD the package, find more in the NITF section
30 Nov 2011
First production version rNews 1.0 released - see the rNews pages
8 July 2010
Revised IPTC Photo Metadata Standard specification released, including IPTC Core 1.1 and IPTC Extension 1.1. Available for DOWNLOAD
22 June 2010
NewsCodes: the new Media Topic taxonomy is released, available in 5 different formats.

Quick Start Guides pave the way to a more powerful news exchange

IPTC released of a set of Quick Start Guides to help news vendors and publishers support multimedia publishing, streamlined workflows and efficient news distribution by adopting the NewsML-G2 standard in a few easy steps.

The Quick Start Guides provide just enough information to create a working set of NewsML-G2 documents or to process incoming NewsML-G2 documents from external sources. Individual guides are available for major media types (text, pictures and video), news packages and the basic principles shared across the board. A package of all of them can be downloaded for free at
Also the individual guides for the media types text, pictures and video plus packages of news are available.
Read the full media release about the Quick Start Guides >>>

News in JSON standardized: ninjs 1.0

ninjs standardizes the representation of news in JSON - a lightweight, easy-to-parse, data interchange format. IPTC has identified key properties and structures required to represent news and publishing information, and crafted JSON representations that are designed to result in lightweight instance documents. And we've built a JSON schema for ninjs, to help you validate your ninjs implementation. >>> more about ninjs, including specification.

"Image Rights - Manage Them or Lose Them"

The challenge that images with badly managed rights may result in unprotected work will be discussed at the seventh IPTC Photo Metadata Conference which was held on 13 June in Barcelona (Spain).  Speakers from all over Europe debated changes in rights handling in the picture industry and will address latest technology for machine readable rights. Details of the Conference indluding alls presentations can be found at

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
Find all presentations, also as video

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.

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

rNews goes live on New York Times site

The New York Times made a subtle change to the articles published on 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 and RightsML, at their disposal, thanks to recent work by the IPTC.
Read this article written by IPTC Editor Jonathan Engel

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).
Scheme Browser screen shot

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.
Recipient's email-address
Sender's email-address
(if empty the recipient's email address will be used)
Mail subject
Mail message
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