DCMI Moving Pictures Special Interest Group

Name: DCMI Moving Pictures Special Interest Group
Type: Interest Group
Status: Inactive
Charter: To provide a forum to:
  • To share practical examples of how to use Dublin Core in describing moving image titles;
  • To share metadata schemas used in describing moving images;
  • To promote the use of Dublin Core in creating distributed collections of moving image titles.
Moderator/Chair: Simon Pockley
Established: 1999-12-15

Open Issues

A list of as yet unresolved issues, or those ideas or problems that are still under discussion.

The first task of this group is to collect a series of 'case studies' or practical examples of how different organisations and individuals are handling metadata and the moving image. It's always interesting to see what other people are doing - not just from a theoretical perspective, but from the practical realities of small budgets and pragmatic compromise.

Accordingly, we are calling for your story - some show and tell. Please contribute! We are looking for examples of how DC can be applied to the moving image - what works? what fails?

As chair of this group, maybe I should start things off by showing you what we are trying to do with our moving image titles:

Profile #1: Cinemedia - The Australian Centre for the Moving Image:

Briefly: In Melbourne, there's an arts precinct being constructed. The first part of this precinct to open will be the Australian Centre for the Moving Image - to be known as ACMi and run by Cinemedia. This Centre will include some interesting concepts: an underground Screen Gallery for internationally significant digital art - exhibited on 300-400 screens of all kinds and sizes; a ground floor dedicated to screen literacy, in all its forms, as well as several cinemas. As you can imagine, it's an exciting project to be involved with.

In many respects we have no choice but to make this up as we go. Back of house, it's essential that we are not made hostages to proprietary agenda. As we invent this space, our needs are constantly evolving. Therefore, we need to remain in control of any technology we deploy. The alternative is to prematurely commit to some overarching technical 'solution' only to find ourselves dead in the water 2 years later when the technology becomes obsolete.

Avoiding this technical cesspit amounts to building an iterative culture of incremental improvement - a process that never stops.

An example of this approach can be seen in the way we are managing our collections. The collections are actually five collections of around 90,000 film, video and digital titles. Some of these titles have no physical existence at all - they are installation works - sets of instructions or metadata.

Username: catdemo
Password: letmein


This is more than just a catalogue, it is a search engine and metadata generator. Try entering a title or an idea into the search box and see what you find.

Alternatively, if you want to see an example, enter the title 'Fishtank' then press search. When the title-record appears, press 'edit', and then scroll down on the left and press 'Display format/XML' to see the entire title-record as an XML tree.

Right now the images/clips used in the HTML display are held on a separate server which is also password protected. So, there's not much point in going there. We've also been playing with all sorts of different outputs, such as director and flash. Our plan is to play around with voice as well.

This catalogue was developed by Cinemedia staff in-house over the last twelve months. It is powerful example of how we can maintain control over a technology and develop it to suit our evolving needs. Work continues...


Mailing list

Archive: Download the mail archive (69kb .zip)


Members of the Dublin Core™ Community who have expressed interest in this group so far, have been particularly interested in sharing their experiences in the practical application of DC to moving image titles.


  • Date constituted: 2000-10-06, At the 8th Dublin Core™ Workshop in Ottawa a small group met (2000-10-06) to gauge the interest of forming a special interest group relating to issues concerning the moving image.

Inventory of Metadata for Multimedia
Henny Bekker,
Ivana Belgers,
Peter Valkenburg
SURFnet, September 2000

J. Hunter, "A Proposal for the Integration of Dublin Core™ and MPEG-7",
ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 M6500, 54th MPEG Meeting, La Baule, October 2000

J.Hunter, Jose Martinez, Erik Oltmans, "MPEG-7 Harmonization with Dublin Core: Current Status and Concerns", ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 M6160, 53rd MPEG Meeting, Beijing, July 2000

J. Hunter, J. Newmarch, "An Indexing, Browsing, Search and Retrieval System for Audiovisual Libraries", Third European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, ECDL '99, 22-24 September, Paris.

J. Hunter, L. Armstrong, "A Comparison of Schemas for Video Metadata Representation", WWW8, Toronto, May 10-14, 1999

J. Hunter, R. Iannella, "The Application of Metadata Standards to Video Indexing", Second European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries ECDL'98, 19 - 23 September, 1998, Crete, Greece