Work Structure

The Committees, Working Parties and Working Groups of the IPTC are the backbone of the organisation. This page describes what each group contributes to the work of the IPTC.

The Committees conduct IPTC’s activities at a more global level and are responsible for the business of the company.
The Working Parties are responsible for the development of a wider area of technical matters. For some specific sub-area of work a Working Group takes responsibility.

The IPTC membership

Board of Directors

» Standards Committee with Working Parties (WP) and Working Groups (WG)

» Public Relations Comittee

 

Board of Directors

Objectives To take responsibility for the organisation as a whole and to develop the guidelines for the work of the IPTC.
Directors … on the About IPTC page

EventsML-G2 Maintenance Working Group

Objectives Maintenance and further development of EventsML-G2 as news exchange format standard for event information in the news industry.
This Working Group is part of News Exchange Formats Working Party.
Related standard EventsML-G2 – see web site
Related electronic forum http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eventsml-g2
WG Leads
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Robert Schmidt-Nia
dpa
Johan Lindgren
TT
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News Codes Working Party

Objectives The maintenance of IPTC metadata controlled vocabularies for categorizing content – branded as NewsCodes – and the creation of new ones when required.
Related standard IPTC Media Topics – see web site
Related electronic forum http://groups.yahoo.com/group/newscodes
WP Leads
XX  
Heather Edwards
The AP
 
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News Exchange Formats Maintenance Working Party

Objectives Maintenance and further development of all IPTC News Exchange Format standards … see next line:
Related standard EventsML-G2, NewsML-G2, NewsML 1, NITF
Related electronic forum see the forums of the standards in the corresponding tables
WP Leads

The team of the Leads of the NewsML-G2, the EventsML-G2, the NITF and the NewsML1 Working Groups

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NewsML 1 Maintenance Working Group

Objectives Promote the use of NewsML as the standard packaging and syndication mechanism for multimedia news, by maintaining requirements and functional specifications, and specifying implementation guidelines and best practices.
This WG drives the future enhancements of the NewsML 1 standard and offers support to NewsML 1 users via an electronic forum.
This Working Group is part of News Exchange Formats Working Party.
Related standard NewsML versions 1.x – see web site
Related electronic forum http://groups.yahoo.com/group/newsml
WP Lead
Jayson Lorenzen
Jayson Lorenzen
Businesswire
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NewsML-G2 Maintenance Working Group

Objectives Maintenance and further development of NewsML-G2 as a news exchange standard to mark up any kind of general news content.
This Working Group is part of News Exchange Formats Working Party.
Related standard NewsML-G2 – see web site
Related electronic forum http://groups.yahoo.com/group/newsml-g2
WG Lead
DaveCompton1_360x360
Dave Compton
Thomson Reuters
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NITF Maintenance Working Group

Objectives Maintenance and further development of the News Industry Text Format (NITF)
This Working Group is part of News Exchange Formats Working Party.
Related standard NITF – see web site
Related electronic forum http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nitf
WP Leads
StuartMyles1_360x360 XX
Stuart Myles
The AP
Alan Karben
XML Team
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Photo Metadata Working Group

Objectives * The goal of this WG is to act as a special interest group regarding all photo metadata issues of the IPTC.
* The work is not focused on a single standard but will support all current IPTC standards in all photo related areas.
* The work done will cover in particular supporting the development and maintenance of generic IPTC metadata standards, the development of specific photo metadata standards and acting as a standing group of experts to respond to issues raised by external parties.
Related standard IPTC Photo Metadata: IPTC Core and IPTC Extension
see web site
Related electronic forum http://groups.yahoo.com/group/iptc-photometadata
WG Leads
XX
Michael Steidl
IPTC
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Public Relations Committee

Objectives To cover all aspects of IPTC’s public relations.
Related standard none – and all
Related electronic forum none

 Chairpersons

andreas John Evans
Andreas Gebhard
Getty Images
Chair
John Evans
Transtel
Vice-Chair
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Rights Expressions WG

Objectives Development of means for expressing rights associated with news content.
Related standard RightsML – see web site
Related electronic forum  
WG Leads
StuartMyles1_360x360
Stuart Myles
The AP
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Semantic Exchange Working Group

Objectives Investigating the value in creating a semantic exchange, a system for identifying, establishing and publishing the links between the subject vocabularies of multiple news providers. 
Related standard  
Related electronic forum  
WG Lead
XX
Evan Sandhaus
New York Times
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Semantic Web Working Group

Objectives An initative to reconcile Semantic Web technologies with publishing and exchanging news.
Related standard rNews – see web site
Related electronic forum  
WG Lead
XX
Stuart Myles
The AP
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Sports Content Working Party

Objectives The goal of the Working Party is to identify common problems and areas of cooperation related to sport content. Specifically:
• Develop, maintain and promote the SportsML-G2 standard
• Support the development and implementation of other IPTC standards in areas relevant to sport
• Incorporate or develop other appropriate standards
• Act as a standing group of experts to respond to issues raised by external parties
Related standard SportsML – see web site
Related electronic forum

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sportsml

WP Leads
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Paul Kelly
XML Team
Johan Lindgren
TT
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Standards Committee

Objectives The Standards Committee is IPTC’s body for formal approval of all standards and acts as steering group for the technical development of new standards and the ongoing review of all standards in use.
Related standard all IPTC standards
Related electronic forum no specific one
Chairperson
Stéphane Guérillot, AFP
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Video Metadata Working Group

Objectives The goal of this WG is to define a common set of metadata properties for videos and how they can be expressed in different technical ways typical for video formats.
Related standard none, yet
Related electronic forum none, yet
WG Leads
XX
Michael Steidl
IPTC
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