January 23, 2022

Conference Paper: “A Review of Metadata Fields Associated with Podcast RSS Feeds”

The following conference paper was recently shared on arXiv.


A Review of Metadata Fields Associated with Podcast RSS Feeds


Matthew Sharpe


via arXiv
In Proceedings of PodRecs ’20: ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (PodRecs ’20).


Podcasts are traditionally shared through RSS feeds. As well as pointing to the audio files, RSS gives a creator a way of providing metadata about the podcast shows and episodes. We investigate how certain metadata fields associated with podcasts are currently being used and comment on their applicability to recommendations. Specifically, we find that many creators are not using the itunes:type field in the expected fashion, and that using this field for recommendations might not lead to an optimal user experience.We perform similar explorations for the season number and the category associated with a podcast, and also find that the fields aren’t being used in the expected fashion. Finally, we examine the notion that a single podcast show is the same as a single RSS feed. This also turns out to not be strictly true in all cases. In short, the metadata associated with many podcasts isn’t always reflective of thes how and should be used with caution.

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10 pages; PDF.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.