New project AES-X224, Metadata integrity in audio files, has been initiated and assigned to working group SC-07-01.
The project will create a guide for manufacturers of audio hardware, software and computer platforms describing best practices for the management of metadata embedded in audio files.
With increasing use of embedded metadata, consisting of descriptive, technical, rights and more, a corresponding importance and reliance are being placed on it. It is important to recognize the current issues with metadata management within the ecosystem that makes up the audio industry and the way this can affect the reliable communication of metadata.
We look to the photo industry as a great example of metadata management throughout the program chain from originators to aggregators and users of content.
This document would not take a stance on any specific metadata standards or initiatives. Neither does it take a stance on the virtues of using embedded metadata or not. It will simply provide guidance on how to properly manage embedded metadata so that it performs reliably.
Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013