DDEX is now playing a critical role in the development of the digital supply chain as more and more companies recognise the vital importance of standardisation. The number of DDEX members has increased significantly over the last 18 months and now stands at nearly 70. Over the same period there has been a massive surge in companies taking out implementation licences and this number is now over 700.
The focus of DDEX’s work has also changed in the last 18 months so that, from just looking to develop standard format XML messages, DDEX is looking at all aspects of standardisation within the digital music supply chain. Most recently this has included automated message exchange, choreographies and business and release profiles. This reflects the focus of DDEX more recently on firstly, providing standards that make the digital supply chain more technically sophisticated but secondly, finding ways to make implementation of the standards easier.
In addition, DDEX has spent recent months in broad discussions with organisations that have or are developing standards of relevance to the digital supply chain. This has included IFPI in relation to GRid and ISRC, and CISAC in relation to ISWC and ISNI. All these discussions are about identifying how the community as a whole can work to improve the operation and interoperability of these standards with the goal of automating as much of the supply chain as possible. Also in this context, DDEX has also been making tentative strides towards finding ways of improving the overall quality of the metadata itself across the whole supply chain. This activity is very much in its early stages but is seen as critical in the longer term.