Tracker CC Indexing
Google Summer of Code Project: “Indexing Embedded License Claims in Tracker”
Here's some relevant (now revised) sections of the Summer of Code application:
|Status in Tracker||Format||Form of Metadata||Location of Metadata||Extraction with Tracker||Test content|
|MP3||XMP / Native id3 tags||The PRIV,XMP field / WCOP tag||Need to patch GStreamer to allow it to read the WCOP tag.||XMP embedded with Exempi / Tags embedded with id3v2|
|Vorbis||XMP / Native comment field||XMP comment field / LICENSE comment field||Extend the GStreamer extractor to check for the presence of an XMP comment field. GStreamer places this within the EXTENDED_COMMENTS tag (requires GStreamer 0.10.10).||XMP embedded with vorbiscomment|
|FLAC||Native comment fields (id3v2 or vorbis-style comments)||Same as with MP3 for id3v2 or Vorbis for vorbis-style comments||Support for reading either method is in GStreamer.||embedded with id3v2 or metaflac|
|JPEG||XMP||Exif XML Packet field||Extend the Imagemagick extractor, using 'convert file.jpg xmp:-' to read XMP||XMP embedded with Exempi|
|PNG||XMP||iTXt, XML:com:adobe:xmp field||Extend the PNG extractor, adding a check for XML:com:adobe:xmp. (For backwards compatibility, the ability to read iTXt in libpng is disabled by default until version 1.3.)||XMP embedded with Exempi|
|GIF||XMP||Application block||Would need to write a GIF extractor||Palimpsest|
|XMP||metadata field||Extend the current PDF extractor (which uses Poppler) to read the metadata field. However reading the metadata field isn't wrapped in Poppler's glib bindings, but I have written and submitted a patch.||XMP embedded with Exempi|
|HTML||RDFa||<a rel="license" href="..."></a>||Write a new HTML extractor, using libxml2, and scan for RDFa||Various actual sites, including creativecommons.org|
|SVG||RDF||/svg/metadata/rdf||I could specifically parse the XML, checking for the RDF schema used by Inkscape. Should I check for XMP also???||Inkscape|
|Any XML||XMP||Wherever valid||Write a generic XML extractor (and/or extractor for each particular format), scanning with libxml2|
|OpenOffice.org (OASIS)||OO.org CC License Add-In SoC Project is working on the spec||OO.org Add-In|
|MS Office||DocumentSummaryInformation Infile, CreativeCommons_LicenseURL property||Extend existing msoffice extractor||MSOffice Add-in|
Here's a conservative timeline. I expect to get more done; as actual coding begins, I'll update this with more accurate estimates.
By week 2: Write an XMP parser. Tracker includes examples of parsing XML using glib which I will also follow as a guide. (Based on recommendations/specifications at http://wiki.creativecommons.org/XMP)
By week 4: Add support to Tracker to automatically read and index XMP sidecar files, which will take advantage of the XMP parser. (Done by modifying src/trackerd/tracker-metadata.c)
By week 5: Once Tracker indexes the metadata of independent XMP sidecar files, I will go about extending the extractors of various formats to index embedded XMP metadata. Again, the above XMP parser will be utilized. Primary formats include HTML, SVG, and PDF.
By week 7: Write a parser for RDFa for relevant formats. (Based on recommendations/specifications at http://wiki.creativecommons.org/RDFa)
By week 9: Put the RDFa parser to use
By week 11: Additionally add support for new formats, such as SMIL and RSS. As time permits, I may also extract metadata from other image formats such as TIFF, PNG, and GIF (all of which could contain XMP metadata). Formats that take advantage of previously written code may take only a day, while others may take up to a week.
By week 12: Tie things up for submission of code
Formats to support:
* MP3 * OGG * RSS * SVG * HTML * JPEG * PDF * SMIL
With the exception of MP3, OGG, and RSS, all of the above formats embed information as XMP. This relieves the burden of processing such a wide variety of formats.
The following is an excerpt of raw XMP describing a work licensed under the CC Attribution 3.0 license.
<?xpacket begin= id=?><x:xmpmeta xmlns:x='adobe:ns:meta/'> <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf='http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#'>
<rdf:Description rdf:about= xmlns:xapRights='http://ns.adobe.com/xap/1.0/rights/'> <xapRights:Marked>True</xapRights:Marked> </rdf:Description>
<rdf:Description rdf:about= xmlns:dc='http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/'> <dc:rights> <rdf:Alt> <rdf:li xml:lang='x-default' >This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.</rdf:li> </rdf:Alt> </dc:rights> </rdf:Description>
<rdf:Description rdf:about= xmlns:cc='http://web.resource.org/cc/'> <cc:license rdf:resource='http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'/> </rdf:Description>
</rdf:RDF> </x:xmpmeta> <?xpacket end='r'?>
To fit Tracker's metadata structure, the extracted license claim would be placed into the File:License field in a form such as: "This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)". Such a format allows for searching the license field by both license name and URL.
Will be stored in Tracker's File:License field.
cclookup (http://wiki.creativecommons.org/CcLookup) - Python application for extracting license RDF metadata or license metadata from mp3s. Code may be adapted for parsing license claims in C ccpublisher (http://wiki.creativecommons.org/CcPublisher) - Licenses embedded by ccpublisher should all be correctly extracted.