Fuse Metadata Manager


Fuse Metadata Manager improves content discovery through a single coherent view of metadata - aggregating, linking, merging, enriching and augmenting to provide a single authoratative source.

Industry Future

The media & entertainment industry is going through an immense transformation with demands on technology, content distribution and competition from non-traditional sources of content. The industry must tackle each of those challenges. At the heart of this is the understanding of your own content through a consistent global view of the content & its metadata within your organization. Advancement in natural language processing and image analysis generate knowledge about your content that will help you drive automated workflows. This knowledgebase of your content combined with intimate understanding of customers’ preferences will enable content discovery as the success criteria for the future. Finally, automation in delivery of your content across the globe in multiple formats will drive newer opportunities.

Challenges of Today

The growth of a media organizations is hampered by some of the challenges listed below: Workflows are designed to adopt around the capabilities (or lack thereof) of various products inducted into the pipeline over the years Workflows are linear, with output of one step blocking the progress of next step Workflow scaling to meet increased demands requires scaling of monolithic components without the ability to scale individual components Workflows lack automation and are heavily dependent on human touches to trigger workflows and make simple decisions Decentralized approach that worked previously in now the biggest challenge by creating silos within organization that duplicate effort & drive inefficiency and inconsistency Lack of truly scalable systems that can scale individual functions on demand

Piksel’s Business Value Proposition

Piksel Palette – a set of architectural principles, technologies and components that provide the building blocks for Piksel products and solutions. The cloud native, event driven micro-services based architecture provides the properties necessary to build solutions to drive automated & scalable workflows for the media and entertainment industry.

Fuse – Fuse products are built on top of Piksel Palette components and inherit the properties of Palette architecture.

Fuse Metadata Manager – Provides a centralized view of the organizations content and metadata via an administrative console, allowing multiple teams & workflows to ingest, enrich and distribute the metadata in a non-linear fashion. This approach solves the following challenges:

  • Eliminates silos created within the organizations through a centralized platform for metadata operations providing a single source of accurate and consistent metadata
  • Provides a multi-tenant, multi-lingual platform to support a global organization
  • Reduces manual work by building scalable, automated workflows to ingest, processing and enrich metadata allowing operators to focus on other critical issues.
  • Removes linear workflow dependencies by allowing parallel processing of the metadata via cloud based SaaS solutions
  • Integrates with existing customer systems to ingest or distribute metadata through an adapter approach. Fuse Publisher – Provides the ability for the media organizations to automate the ingest, processing and delivery of their content with a clear view of the status of the workflows. This approach solves the following challenges:
    • Eliminates silos created within the organizations through a centralized platform for managing content workflow operations.
    • Cloud native solution provides ability to build truly scalable workflows with prioritization and ability to scale individual components on demand to fulfill regular or burstable delivery projects.
    • Reduces manual work by building automated workflows to ingest, process and distribute content allowing operators to focus on other critical issues.
    • Integrates with external and internal systems to build the end-to-end delivery workflows.
    • Drives efficiencies by eliminating duplication of assets, ability to migrate assets into cheaper storage class
    • A usage based SaaS model provides predictable costs for content delivery operations and new distribution contracts.

General, Authentication & Dashboard

The Admin Console is leveraged by most of Piksel’s go-to-market products and provides a multi-tenant, multi-language UI interfacing to Palette services for centralised, cohesive view and administration of all the services and metadata in the organisation.

Notable features

  • Single source of truth
  • A fully configurable dashboard provides the view of data appropriate to your needs
  • Role based access control gives fine grained control over what users see
  • The console is built on the Palette principles – continuous deployment, quality focussed, independently deployable micro-services
  • Built on the Palette APIs
  • SaaS-based, Multi-lingual (metadata), Multi-lingual (editorially)
  • Micro-service architecture and independently deployable so non-invasive deployments

Ingestion, Workflow and Processing

Notable features

  • Live, realtime insight across workflow progress, success + failure
  • High volume, highly performance distributed ingestion
  • Automated de-duplication, matching, enrichment and normalization
  • Clicking an item gives a full overview of a job including status, input, output and any error conditions
  • This view is available through the API which means that this can be integrated in many ways, email, in to your own systems, to the dashboard, etc.
  • Fast (1.5gb TVA ingest around 4 minutes)

Catalogue Management

Catalogue Management provides a comprehensive set of interfaces for management of all catalogue metadata.

Notable features

  • Centralised, consolidated metadata management
  • Content, Category, Credits, People, Assets, Offers, Roles, Segments
  • EPG management
  • Full multi-lingual support
  • Consistent domain model
  • Tenancy inheritance
  • Responsive UI
  • Matching, de-duplication, enrichment and augmentation
  • Dynamic tagging model
  • Comprehensive query and filter mechanism
  • External identifiers
  • In-line editing
  • Change sets
  • Bi-directional relationships
  • Availability windows

Feed Management

Feed Management allows a definition of a set of content based on manageable criteria.

Features of feed criteria

  • Dynamic through query management
  • Editorially curated lists
  • A combination of both of the above

Features of feed output

  • Allow for a subset of derived data to be part of the feed
  • High performance and availability
  • Shorter URLs
  • Unauthenticated public access

Please refer to the guide to creating feeds, here.