PBCore is a metadata standard designed to describe media, both digital and analog. More importantly, it was designed for the Internet and for the kinds of software applications we now use to manage, access, and share media.
In less than ten years, broadcasting has been completely transformed from an analog media to a production and distribution environment that is digital from end-to-end. Early in the transition, the public broadcasting system recognized the need for a single, unified metadata schema able to deliver digital content across multiple platforms.
Having just published PBCore 2.0, we thought we’d summarize the evolution of the schema. Following is a timeline and summary of previous versions of PBCore. For new developments in 2.0, see Jack Brighton’s “Introducing PBCore 2.0” post.