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Old 02-13-2007, 11:41 PM
Jason Dunn
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Default Microsoft Looking to Hire for Podcasting Management?


I was reading through some of the job postings that I mentioned earlier, and I read a description for a Program Manager position that caught my eye:

"Join us in a multi-year pan-media effort to develop the best metadata repository and ingestion system in the world. Merge disparate legacy pipelines and repositories into a single system that will provide an enormous catalog of content and be the foundation that expands the boundaries of accessible entertainment. We are seeking a talented and highly motivated program manager to help us deliver systems to take in data feeds from a variety of sources, merge their disparate schemas and produce a comprehensive catalog of assets. You will work with many groups at Microsoft as well as outside the company. The ideal candidate will have significant experience with large scale database systems. You will have deep knowledge of SQL, database design, and XML technologies. A passion for Music and Video is also important."

Metadata repository and ingestion system? <puts on marketing secret decoder ring> Translation: that means an online directory with user-submitted content. Take in data feeds from a variety of sources, merge their disparate schemas and produce a comprehensive catalog of assets? Translation: accept XML/RSS feeds in various formats (RSS, Atom, etc.), more than likely containing video and audio content.

Now here's the bad news: if Microsoft has just started hiring for this position recently (January 19th) then it may be quite a wait until there's a comprehensive Podcasting directory like iTunes offers. I sure hope I'm wrong about this!
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