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For developers and experts working on Metadata and AI

We are announcing to our members, start-ups we are working with under the Project MediaMotorEurope and the cluster ecosystem that the 11th annual EBU MDN Workshop will take on 25-26 May 2021 (Tuesday-Wednesday) as an online webinar. Mark your calendars and spread the word! The deadline for contribution submissions is 12 March 2021. The MDN Workshop is the annual meeting point for developers and experts working on Metadata and AI in broadcasting and media.

Expose your views, problems, and challenges and engage in lively discussions with your colleagues around the world! Developers and experts sharing their knowledge about their current projects and findings have made up the success of MDN since 2011.

The event is organized by the EBU Strategic Programme on Media Information Management and AI (MIM-AI) and the Metadata Developer Network (MDN), an active community for developers to share knowledge, learn from their peers, get feedback and collaborate on metadata and AI-related projects.

The MDN 2021 workshop is open to the public. It will be a two-day webinar with in-depth presentations, demonstrations, discussions.


We invite the following types of contributions:

  • Presentation
  • Hands-on demonstrations
  • Panel discussions
  • Tutorials

Your presentation can be the opportunity to expose the problems you are working on, to communicate on your project, and to propose collaboration via the EBU channels. We welcome contributions exploring Meta Data, AI, Data Engineering, and Architecture. We also encourage transversal presentations with business cases that encompass these fields.

The main topics include the following theme without being exhaustive:


  • EBUCore and CCDM implementations,
  • Vocabularies and taxonomies,
  • Data models, ontolologies,
  • Metadata quality,
  • Metadata visualization.

Artificial Intelligence (AI):

  • Automatic metadata extraction (AME) on audio, video, and writings
  • Content tagging,
  • Content enrichment,
  • Social media analysis,
  • Explainability of AI,
  • Benchmarking of AI services.

Enterprise Architecture:

  • Agile workflows in production, archives, and distribution, CI/CD, DevOps
  • Microservice architectures,
  • Cloud adoption in the context of media workflows, MCMA
  • Breaking / Integrating data silos strategies,
  • Architecture patterns applied to media workflows (event sourcing, event streaming, pub/sub, etc.)
  • Technology adoption strategies (buy vs. make).

Data Engineering:

  • ETL (Extract Transform and Load),
  • Master Data Management,
  • Data Lakes,
  • Data Hubs,


To submit your contribution, use the following form:

This is the initial version of your contribution where details (such as title and abstract) can be finetuned later in the spring. After acceptance of your contribution, we will contact you to check if there are any updates.

The deadline for submissions is 12 March 2021

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 9 April 2021  

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