British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Understanding Moving Image Metadata Standards

Moving image metadata is a complex topic, but it’s increasingly governing the way archives, libraries, broadcasters and production companies operate in terms of education and access; digitisation and preservation; strategic management and widening the UK’s screen heritage.

Through our training series you’ll learn the requirements of descriptive metadata and how it’s used with audiovisual assets in the UK.

This series of courses will develop participants’ knowledge of moving image metadata, enabling them to create, enhance and adapt their own schemas and map them to different standards.

We’ll highlight the importance of accurate and interpretable moving image metadata, and analyse the key issues affecting organisations that source and store audiovisual assets, illustrating with key case studies and examining with peer-led discussion.

The full programme will comprise two one day courses and one online workshop. Participants can sign-up to both one day courses or choose one specific area to gain knowledge in.

The aim of these courses is to provide attendees with practical knowledge around all aspects of descriptive moving image metadata so they can gain key skills to boost their professional development.


  • Film and TV archivists and senior archivists
  • Archivists and cataloguers in production companies
  • University librarians, learning resources officers and IT managers responsible for moving image content

We encourage attendees from underrepresented groups particularly those from BAME (Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic) backgrounds or those with a disability. We also particularly encourage attendees from right across the UK.

Spaces will be subject to a small admin fee of £10 per course. 


This programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery, through the Skills Investment Fund.