NewsML 1

A solution for exchanging multimedia news – also in packages

NewsML 1 is designed to provide a media-type-independent, structural framework for multi-media news. Beyond exchanging single items it can also convey packages of multiple items in a structures layout.

Since early 2008 a next version of NewsML is available: NewsML-G2. You can obtain more information about this standard in the NewsML-G2 section.

Main Features

NewsML 1 versions can be applied at all stages in the (electronic) news lifecycle.

Typical use would include:

  • in and between editorial systems
  • between news agencies and their customers
  • between publishers and news aggregators
  • and between news service providers and end users.

Because it is intended for use in electronic production, delivery and archiving it does not include specific provision for traditional paper-based publishing, though formats intended for this purpose – such as the News Industry Text Format (NITF)- can be accommodated. Similarly it is not primarily intended for use in editing or creating news content, though it may be used as a basis for systems doing this.

The need for NewsML came from the continuing growth in production, use and re-use of news throughout the world, with rapid expansion of the Internet being a strong driving force.

Specification

The IPTC provides a DTD and an XML Schema plus the Functional Specification.

Download a full NewsML 1.2 package (ZIP-file, ~ 3 MB, updated July 2008). This package contains all documentation papers as well as the specification files – for NewsML 1.2 only.

Documentation

  • NewsML 1.2 Guidelines V 1.1 (updated July 2008) a comprehensive documentation for users and implementers.
  • Structural overview of the DTD (as PDF): this document provides a tree-like structure of all elements specified by NewsML, ~ 20 pages.
  • Internally linked structure documentation (updated July 2008) – derived from the XML-Schema (as HTML). This document provides much more details to the elements and enables the user to navigate through the NewsML structure.  

Download a full NewsML 1.2 package (ZIP-file, ~ 3 MB, updated July 2008). This package contains all documentation papers as well as the specification files – for NewsML 1.2 only.

Support

 The IPTC Developer Site provides technical information about NewsML 1.

The NewsML 1 Users Forum is  used to share experiences, raise questions and recommend and discuss changes to the NewsML 1 standard. It also connects companies and organizations who use SportsML-G2 and vendors who create tools that process NewsML 1 documents.