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 narrower areas Working Groups take responsibility.


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

News Codes Working Party

NewsML 1 Maintenance Working Group

NewsML-G2 Maintenance Working Group

News-in-JSON Working Group

NITF Maintenance Working Group


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 see on this web site
  • Public forum:
  • Forum for IPTC members only
  • Lead: Michael Steidl (IPTC) XX

Public Relations Committee

  • Objectives: To cover all aspects of IPTC’s public relations.
  • Chairs: Andreas Gebhard (Getty Images) andreas and John Evans (Transtel) John Evans

Rights Expressions Working Group

Semantic Exchange Working Group

Semantic Web Working Group

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 on this web site
  • Public forum:
  • Forum for IPTC members only
  • Chairs: Paul Kelly (XML Team)  XX and Johan Lindgren (TT) XX

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
  • Chair: Stéphane Guérillot (AFP)

Video Metadata Working Group