Media Topics

Subject Taxonomy for the Media - the successor to the Subject Codes

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Media Topics

Media Topics is a constantly updated taxonomy of over 1,200 terms with a focus on categorising text. Originally based on the IPTC Subject Codes taxonomy, the Media Topics taxonomy was first released  in 2010 and is updated at least once a year. It is now available in Arabic, English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish.

The Media Topics vocabulary can be viewed on the IPTC Controlled Vocabulary server at http://cv.iptc.org/newscodes/mediatopic. In addition it can be downloaded as NewsML-G2 Knowledge Item, RDF/XML or RDF/Turtle document, please read the Guidelines. A more user-friendly tree-like view is also available.

The Media Topics vocabulary is a member of the family of IPTC NewsCodes. Read more about the generic features and terms of use.

Mappings between Media Topics and Subject Codes

The development of Media Topics started with the Subject Codes vocabulary, extended the tree from 3 to 5 levels and reused the same 17 top level terms. The lower level terms have been revised and rearranged. The Media Topics vocabulary provides a mapping back to the Subject Codes. The mappings are viewable as “Related Concept” entries on the controlled vocabulary server.

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