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CEA Forms Metadata Study Group

10/29/2009 03:12:07 PM Eastern

Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association
(CEA) has formed a Metadata group and is seeking participants.

The new Metadata Study Group will review how and where metadata
is used. Metadata is structured data that describes the characteristics of a
digital file, a digital stream or other resource. Common types of metadata
include, for example, title and performer, although the number of metadata
elements associated with a particular item can be extensive.

The CEA Metadata group will make recommendations concerning the
metadata requirements of consumer electronics (CE) devices, the need for CEA
relationships with other organizations, the need for coordination of standards
development and possible standards and/or recommended practices that define how
CE products receive, share, process and display metadata.

"CEA is always looking for new ways to use industry standards to
grow the consumer electronics industry," said Brian Markwalter, CEA's of
technology and standards VP. "The Metadata Study Group was formed after a CEA
Discovery Group identified metadata as an area that could benefit from improved
industry standards."

"Metadata is essential to the digital media ecosystem," said the
study group chairman, Adam Powers, director of standards and emerging
technology at Rovi Corporation. "There are many types of metadata being used by
many types of devices. By helping devices make the most of the metadata,
consumers, manufacturers, retailers, service providers and content providers
can all have a better media experience."

To join the Metadata Study Group, please complete the application
form at www.CE.org/Standards/1447.asp.

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