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Metadata Taxonomies for News

The IPTC creates and maintains sets of concepts - called a controlled vocabulary or a taxonomy - to be assigned as metadata values to news objects like text, photographs, graphics, audio- and video files and streams. This allows for a consistent coding of news metadata across news providers and over the course of time - that's the reason why we call them IPTC NewsCodes.

For an easy overview the NewsCodes are grouped into  ...

Find more details about our taxonomies on the Overview page.

If you want to use the brand new  G2 Scheme Browser tool to download and manage locally the NewsCodes download the package and use it for free.


NewsCodes is ...

... the brand name for IPTC's controlled vocabularies/taxonomies.

Go and see the group of

Descriptive NewsCodes
Administrative NewsCodes
NewsML-G2 NewsCodes
NewsML 1 NewsCodes
Photo Metadata NewsCodes

A controlled vocabulary

... or taxonomy or scheme is a set of terms to express a facet of news content. Facets could be e.g. the subject, the genre, the urgency etc. A controlled vocabulary could be a flat list of terms or a hierarchical structure. In the context of the G2-Standards or SKOS a vocabulary is called a 'scheme'.

Retrieve NewsCodes in many formats

IPTC NewsCodes can be downloaded from the IPTC CV server by vocabulary or by single concept. The download is available in different formats to better integrate with the Semantic Web - see >>>

Use Scheme Browser tool

For downloading and the local management of NewsCodes on your computer the Scheme Browser tools is available - for free - DOWNLOAD

Subscribe to NewsCodes feed

Feed A feed in the Atom 1.0 format is providing all changes to any of the IPTC NewsCodes