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One last critical element in the discussion of media services is governance. Governance brings logic and structure to media services. Areas typically in governance include: service life cycle (how services are developed, deployed, deprecated and eventually decommissioned); helping to prioritize the deployment of new services; and how the quality of deployed services can be ensured.
There is a task force in the industry called the Framework for Interoperable Media Services (FIMS). FIMS is a collaboration between the Advanced Media Workflow Association and the European Broadcasting Union. FIMS is the first industry effort focused on developing services for the professional media industry. The FIMS group consists of a Business Board that develops business priorities for service development, and a Technical Board that oversees the development and deployment of FIMS services.
You can learn more about FIMS at http://www.fims.tv. For technical information, you can visit the FIMS wiki at http://wiki.amwa.tv/ebu. This activity has already yielded an overall framework for media services and several specific media service definitions. Work is ongoing, all the work is public, and anyone can participate.
—Brad Gilmer is executive director of the Advanced Media Workflow Association, executive director of the Video Services Forum, and president of Gilmer & Associates, a media consulting firm.