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preferable, such utilities will offer an ultimate preservation backup. Further SMPTE standards work will focus on workflow and the extended capture and use of metadata. ST 2034-1, Part 2, will expand the usability of the XML schema to allow its use to facilitate production activities and to enable it to flow through the entire workflow process to the AXF-aware archive system, which could then recognize data and use it to populate structures within the AXF object. Once Part 2 is complete, then SMPTE will finalize ST 2034-1, Part 3, the Recommended Practice (RP) that guides AXF implementation. S. Merrill Weiss is a consultant in electronic media technology and technology management. In a 47+ year career, he has spent over 37 years involved in work on SMPTE standards. He participated in the earliest work on digital television and has been responsible for organizing or chairing many SMPTE technology-development and standards efforts since. Among other duties, he served four years as Engineering Director for Television; he co-chaired the joint SMPTE/EBU Task Force; and he currently chairs the Working Group on AXF. Weiss is a SMPTE Fellow and has received the SMPTE David Sarnoff Gold Medal and the Progress Medal. He also was a recipient of the NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award, the ATSC Bernard Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award, and the IEEE Matti S. Siukola Award twice. Weiss holds four U.S. and two international patents. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 85 JANUARY 2014 | 63