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Becoming involved in IPTC means you have the power to influence and change global standards set by the world's foremost authority on information exchange among the news media.

Getting Involved

We have many opportunities for professionals who wish to contribute to the IPTC and its work. The most comprehensive: become a member. Membership is the backbone of the IPTC, and levels vary for both organizations and individuals. Additionally, several “working parties” and “working groups” focus on specific topic areas and standards. IPTC also hosts three face-to-face meetings a year, where its working parties discuss and develop their ideas to support information exchange and the rapid innovation of media and the news industry.

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Participant Events

In addition to the IPTC’s three face-to-face meetings, each of our working parties and groups hold regularly conference calls. The purpose of these calls is to discuss developments and keep other participants informed of new information pertaining to that particular subject area. Descriptions of our working parties and groups, as well as call times, are given below. IPTC’s work structure/organizational chart also lists objectives of each, as well as group leaders.

Conference Call Calendar

 

IPTC Work Structure Chart

 

News in JSON

This group focuses on ninjs, the IPTC's standard for content APIs and mobile apps.

It meets regularly to fine tune the standard and to devise support documents, implementation guides and to promote ninjs adoption in general.

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Bi-weekly Conference Call

This group has a conference call every other Tuesday afternoon (GMT timezone) to discuss new information.

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NewsCodes

This group maintains controlled vocabularies known collectively as IPTC NewsCodes.

It focuses on the maintenance of the IPTC Media Topics and other controlled vocabularies for content categorization. It considers the creation of new ones when required.

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Bi-weekly Conference Call

This group has a conference call every other Wednesday afternoon (GMT timezone) to discuss new information.

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NewsML-G2

This group maintains the global standards for describing and exchanging news and events data: NewsML-G2 and EventsML-G2.

It discusses and develops proposed changes to the standard, and provides supporting guidelines, documentation and examples to facilitate adoption. It is also responsible for promotion of the standard across providers, aggregators and consumers and liaises closely with the other IPTC Working Groups.

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Weekly Conference Call

This group has a weekly conference call on Friday afternoons (GMT timezone) to discuss new information.

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Photo Metadata

This group maintains the global standard to describe pictures.

It discusses proposed changes to the standard, it works on guidelines and other help for people and companies using the standard and it organizes the annual Photo Metadata Conference. It is also responsible for reaching out to other organizations related to photo business.

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Bi-weekly Conference Call

This group has a conference call every other Tuesday afternoon (GMT timezone) to discuss new information.

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Rights Expressions

This group maintains RightsML, the rights expression language for the media industry.

It also collaborates with other organizations on related efforts, like ODRL.

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Weekly Conference Call

This group has a conference call every Wednesday afternoon (GMT timezone) to discuss new information.

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Sports Formats

This group focuses on SportsML-G2.

It actively develops the standard and provides a vibrant community for the exchange of best practices and to share experiences implementing the standard.

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Bi-weekly Conference Call

This group has a conference call every other Tuesday afternoon (GMT timezone) to discuss new information.

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Video Metadata

This group develops IPTC Video Metadata.

It evaluates existing video metadata schemas and discusses options and considerations to harmonize them as it drives toward a draft later this year.

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Bi-weekly Conference Call

This group has a conference call every other Tuesday afternoon (GMT timezone) to discuss new information.

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