As the means for production and distribution of digital audio proliferate, appropriate metadata tools are needed to facilitate, control and extend these activities. There has been a great deal of activity in individual organisations to develop metadata tools. However, substantial issues remain to be addressed before the desired goal of global exchange and common understanding can be reached. International standardisation, such as the work of MPEG7 and MPEG21 may hold some important answers.
This conference seeks to describe the state of the art, identify the issues, and indicate directions for the development of advanced metadata systems, both for consumer distribution and business-to-business. It will bring together media publishers and software designers, media librarians and archivists, database managers and streaming engineers, whose operations are increasingly dependent on the success of sophisticated metadata systems.
For an outline plan of the programme, please click here.
For a list of the papers by session and the related abstracts, please click here.
A PDF file of the full conference preview can be downloaded here.
On the 135-meter-high London
Eye you can see as far as 25
miles away, and you have a
birdís eye view of such major
London sights as St. Paulís
Cathedral, Buckingham Palace,
the Houses of Parliament, and
Big Ben. Chair John Grant and
his committee are planning a conference
this June 17-19 that will
give you a great view of the critically
important subject of metadata. Metadata for
Audio will be held at Church House, the conference center that
is just a stoneís throw from Westminster Abbey and the
Houses of Parliament in central London.
As the means for production and distribution of digital audio
proliferate, appropriate metadata tools are needed to facilitate,
control, and extend these activities. There has been a great deal
of activity in individual organizations to develop metadata
tools. However, substantial issues remain to be addressed
before the desired goal of global exchange and common understanding
can be reached. International standardization, such as
the work on MPEG-7 and MPEG-21 may hold some important
This conference seeks to describe the state of the art, identify
the issues, and indicate directions for the development
of advanced metadata systems, both for consumer
distribution and business-to-business. It will
bring together media publishers and software
designers, media librarians and archivists, database
managers and streaming engineers whose operations
are increasingly dependent on the success of
sophisticated metadata systems.
Gerhard Stoll and Russell Mason, papers cochairs, have
targeted a number of papers for tutorial presentations on
Thursday, June 17 as a good way to offer attendees a
thorough introduction to the subject of metadata. Two
invited papers in the first morning session, "Metadata,
Identities, and Handling Strategies," by Chris
Chambers, and "Before There Was Metadata," by Mark
Yonge, are introductory papers to set the stage for
everything that follows.
The next session, File Basics, has three invited
papers: "Introduction to MXF and AAF," by Philip
DeNier; "XML Primer," by Claude Seyrat; and "Keeping
it Simple: BWF and AES31," by John Emmett.
The first session on Thursday afternoon, Practical
Schemes, starts with an invited paper by Phillipa
Morell, "The Role of Registries." The next paper, by
researchers from Pompeu Fabra University of
Barcelona, will look at a system for managing sound
effects. And Richard Wright will present an invited
paper on the Dublin Core. The final session on Thursday
is a workshop on MPEG-7. This tutorial day is also
available as a single-day registration option (see the
Conference Day 1
On Friday the papers sessions begin with Frameworks, which
includes an invited paper by Wes Curtis, "P-META: Program
Data Exchange in Practice." This will be followed by the first
posters session. And the final morning session will be
Toolkits, which will include two invited papers: "Digital
Media Project," by R. Nicol, and "MPEG-21: What and
Why," by Jan Bormans and Kate Grant. After lunch there will
be the two-part session Feature Extraction. The second part of
the posters session will also be on Friday afternoon.
On Friday evening there will be an optional (not included in
conference registration fee) banquet and guided tour at the historic
Houses of Parliament. The evening
will start with a tour of the debating chambers of the Houses
of Commons and Lords. There will be a brief technical talk
about the sound-reinforcement system in the Lords Chamber,
which uses 84 microphones on motorized winches and has
over 400 individually controlled loudspeakers. Afterwards
dinner will be served in a room overlooking the Thames River.
Conference Day 2
The entire Saturday morning session will be Broadcast
Implementations, which will include papers on the metadata
processes of British, German, and Japanese broadcasters.
Metadata is the "bread and butter" of libraries
and archives, so the first afternoon session on
Saturday will include papers about projects at
the U.S. Library of Congress, Spanish National
Radio, and Swedish Radio. The final
conference session will be on metadata
needed for the online delivery of audio. The
calendar, complete program with abstracts,
and conference registration form follow on
pages can be found here and here.
And, of course, you should try to
schedule an extra day or two to visit one
of the worldís great cities. London
preserves its magnificent history and
at the same time encourages new
music, art, literature, and architecture;
just what good metadata
does for audio. Meet your colleagues
there June 17-19 for the
AES 25th International Conference,
Metadata for Audio, itís
going to be absolutely fabulous.
Go here to register online.