Case Studies

PBCore is used in diverse settings for diverse purposes. To add your organization’s case study please contact us.’s Digital Asset Management System is New York City’s premier public television station, serving the largest market in the country. The station is also one of the major producers of national programming on PBS, originating such signature series as NATURE; Live from Lincoln Center; American Masters; Religion & Ethics Newsweekly; Cyberchase; and Need to Know.

Democracy Now! Audio and Video Production

Why we use PBCore PBCore was first used in the Democracy Now! archive by our former archivist, David Rice, but we continue to use it because it fits our needs. We have limited resources and rely on interns to catalog our production material, so we need a metadata standard with which one can familiarize oneself […]

Community Media Video Distribution Network, TelVue Corporation

Sharing content between broadcasters used to mean shipping tapes back and forth, which inhibited access and discovery, raised costs, and increased the likelihood of damage. Digital technologies have made file sharing more practical as an access point, but most file sharing on the Internet has been geared towards consumer applications or one-size-fits-all approaches.

WHYY’s Fresh Air Archive, TelVue Corporation

When WHYY Philadelphia wanted to create a searchable, expandable digital archive of over 30 years of one of public radio’s most popular and successful programs, Fresh Air, they chose PBCore for the metadata format.

WHYY’s Fresh Air Archives, WHYY

WHYY uses PBCore in its audio archiving solution for radio. Working with consultant David Rice and hardware vendor TelVue, WHYY was able to develop a searchable digital library for Fresh Air — an NPR program that has been produced on a daily basis since 1987.

Northeast Historic Film’s Hidden Collections Catalog

Northeast Historic Film was awarded a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections program in 2010 to create descriptive records for 50 film collections (8mm, 16mm, 35mm) identified as significant moving image archival documents relating to work and labor in the first half of the 20th century.

Wisconsin Public Television’s Media Library Database

In our production facility we use the PBCore metadata standard in our media library database. The database includes completed programs, masters of story segments, and b-roll that we’ve decided to keep because it is historically relevant, generic and therefore reusable in other stories, and will support future revisits to a particular story.

NDIIPP's Model Digital Video Preservation Repository

NDIIPP’s Model Digital Video Preservation Repository

The prototype Preservation Repository (PR) at New York University was built as a major component of the Library of Congress-funded project Preserving Digital Public Television.