Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP)

Industry standards groups powered by XMP

The XMP framework is open, extensible, and can accommodate existing metadata schemas. Various standards initiatives are using XMP as their framework of choice for implementation. The extensibility of XMP allows standards to be expressed and carried throughout the workflow. The custom panel capabilities within Adobe applications help ensure that metadata is accessible and viewable within the workflow. Below is the growing list of standards bodies working on initiatives based on XMP:


The AdsML Consortium is a growing list of companies and organizations united to create a set of internationally adopted specifications and business processes for the exchange of advertising information and content. The Advertising Submission Standards Subset of AdsML is carried into workflows with XMP.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons offers a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors and artists. It has built upon the "all rights reserved" philosophy of traditional copyright to create a voluntary "some rights reserved" copyright.

Digital Image Submission Criteria (DISC)

DISC, a working group of IDEAlliance, has developed the DISC Metadata for Digital Image Submission Specification, which defines standard metadata fields to be attached to digital images for submission to magazines for publication.

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)

DCMI is an open forum engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models.

International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC)

The IPTC was established to safeguard the telecommunications interests of the world's news organizations. Now its activities are primarily focused on developing and publishing industry standards for the interchange of news data. Since 2004, a joint effort of the IPTC, Adobe, and IDEAlliance has been working on the "IPTC Core" Schema for XMP for a smooth and explicit transfer of metadata values from the IPTC Headers to the XMP framework.

Metadata Working Group

The Metadata Working Group (MWG) was formed in 2006 as a consortium of leading companies in the digital media industry, focused on the preservation and seamless interoperability of digital image metadata, and availability to all applications, devices and services. The intent of the MWG is to publish technical specifications that describe how to effectively store metadata into digital media files. These royalty-free specifications will be made available to manufacturers and service providers so that they may create products that store metadata in a consistent way, and that allow consumers to maintain control over their valuable information. Where possible, these specifications will rely on existing standards, and will aim to create a unified and cohesive approach to applying these standards.

Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS) Coalition

The PLUS Coalition is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the development and propagation of industry standards for the communication of image rights metadata. In the PLUS Coalition, publishers, designers, advertising agencies, photographers, illustrators, stock agencies, museums, libraries, educational institutions and software developers work collaboratively to simplify and facilitate the licensing of images. The PLUS standards provide a universal image licensing language, defining and codifying the structure and elements of image licenses. PLUS leverages the power of XMP, allowing users to embed a PLUS "Universal License Statement" in digital image files when capturing, editing, managing and delivering images.

Publishing Requirements for Industry Standard Metadata (PRISM)

A working group of IDEAlliance, the organization has developed the PRISM Specification, which defines an XML metadata vocabulary for managing, aggregating, and processing magazine, news, catalog, book, and mainstream journal content.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

The W3C develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. One enabling technology is the Resource Description Framework (RDF) that utilizes Adobe XMP.