Merlin Resource Center 

 What is Merlin? 

Merlin refers to the creation of a comprehensive database of metadata (a metabase) about content from throughout the public television system. Stations, producers, and PBS add content to the Merlin database for promotion across all PBS properties and a Merlin-powered API allows a variety of front-end applications to read and present the data. Because Merlin alleviates the complexities of data management, users experience enhanced collaboration and information sharing throughout PBS properties including

Included in this effort is an administrative tool that has two primary purposes:

  1. Update and manage data in the MDL (metadata layer) independently of any front-end application.
  2. Allow for the management of content displayed on


How do I sign up for Merlin?

  • Contact your SPI Representative or the SPI team at
  • Attend a Merlin onboarding call. Call will include basic training on procedures, best practices for content sharing and answering any outstanding questions.


How is local content shared with Merlin?

 Local content can be shared with Merlin in three different ways: 

  1. RSS Feeds
  2. Metadata entered manually through a central CMS
  3. Local metadata previously entered into COVE Resource Center


Where does local content surface on

When a user localizes to a station on, Merlin content from that station is visible in multiple locations across the site. The two images below illustrate the primary locations where your station’s Merlin content is displayed to localized users. 

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