For the harmonization of metadata and its standardized exchange, the Broadcast Metadata Exchange Format was developed in Version 2.0 (BMF 2.0), with special consideration of the requirements of the ARD.
BMF is an extensive metadata vocabulary for the areas of television, radio and Internet. It allows the IT-based exchange of metadata in a uniform format.
As a lingua franca in metadata exchange, it increases the reusability of metadata implementations. It also enhances the interoperability of metadata exchange between IT-based systems as well as between different application scenarios.
BMF meets real world requirement
The aim of the BMF modeling was to cover information requirements from as many areas as possible, such as planning, production, distribution and archiving. BMF was able to achieve this through the extensive and detailed evaluation of various applications. On the one hand, this was done in close collaboration with ARD and ZDF working groups and, on the other hand, through in-depth analyzes of other applications such as production planning, program planning and event planning.
BMF XML schema
BMF metadata are exchanged as XML documents, according to the usual practice in metadata exchange. The model structure for these XML documents is stored in an XML schema. For the creation of the XML schema in version 2.0, the experiences from previous implementations and suggestions from manufacturers were analyzed and taken into account. The new design rules of BMF allow a more flexible use of the model and easy access of the user to the model and the XML schema.
The BMF 2.0 model and the corresponding scheme are available free of charge for applications.
BMF as a kit
BMF 2.0 is very comprehensive and serves as a "tool box" for the creation of adapted submodels for applications. Only these partial BMF submodels will be used for implementation in form of a BMF submodel XSD. The BMF submodel distribution uses only 20% of the entire metadata vocabulary defined in BMF.