PBCore 2.1

PBCore is a metadata schema designed for sound and moving images.

PBCore can be used as:

  • A guideline for cataloging or describing audiovisual content (as a content standard)
  • A model for building custom databases/applications
  • A guideline for identifying a set of vocabularies for fields describing av assets
  • A data model for a configurable collection management system (Omeka, Collective Access, etc.)
  • A guideline for creating inventory spreadsheets
  • An exchange (import or export) mechanism between applications

PBCore records can easily be shared, allowing information about media assets and collections to be exchanged between organizations and media systems.

Public Broadcasting in the United States developed PBCore so producers and local stations can better share, manage and preserve the media they produce.  Because it is so useful in describing media assets, a growing number of film archives and media organizations outside of public broadcasting have adopted PBCore to manage their audiovisual assets and collections.

The PBCore schema and data model is currently in version 2.1.  For more information about the PBCore 2.1 XML schema, please visit the Schema page on this site, or go to our GitHub repository.  For more information about how to use PBCore, please visit our FAQ page.  And don’t forget to check out the latest news on the PBCore blog!