Metadata and Context

Metadata and Context is one of the four innovation fields, or starting points for research and development. Gaining knowledge on metadata and context is essential for Sound and Vision.


Metadata is structured, objective and factual information that provides answers to basic questions such as who, what and where. It describes (the origin of) an information source with the aim of making it possible to locate, use and manage this source. A context source is a document that can be used to interpret the production, publication and reception of audiovisual archive material from different angles. This allows you to place a document in a ‘broad contextual framework'.

Metadata is critical for making our collection accessible and to establish connections with other data and context sources. By providing context to its collections, Sound and Vision can provide support and enrichment to internal and external user groups. On the one hand we see that the amount of data ingested in the archive increases, while the available capacity for manual describing and contextualizing decreases. On the other hand, we see an increasing demand for descriptions, preferably at segment level and including time codes, in order to better match users' search queries.


Questions on the more efficient organization of the descriptive and contextualization process and increasing the quantity and granularity of metadata are key within this innovation field. In this we take the quality standards that Sound and Vision sets as an archive into account, and methods to establish links with other information and context sources. For example, via the Sound and Vision Thesaurus and Linked Open Data structures.

The innovation field Metadata and Context is strongly linked to two other areas: Users and Access. Queries from users vary from target group to target group, from scenario to scenario and from user to user. The innovation field Users gathers more insight into the needs and patterns of different user groups. The innovation field Access mainly looks at the use of metadata and context in applications for end users.


  • Inflow optimization
  • Deployment of technology for automatic metadata extraction
  • Automatic enrichment of metadata
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Contextualization
  • Metadata and Links