Frameworks/PICS Frameworks

Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS)

The PICS specification enables labels (metadata) to be associated with Internet content. It was originally designed to help parents and teachers control what children access on the Internet, but it also facilitates other uses for labels, including code signing and privacy. The PICS platform is one on which other rating services and filtering software have been built.

The PICS system has two types of components: rating systems and rating labels. A rating system defines the criteria for how content is rated.
The rating label is the actual rating information. The label can appear on a Web page as part of the HTML content, on a third-party Web site, or anywhere else that a particular client application "knows" to look for them. Each item of content that is rated has its own label. PICS has defined the syntax for these rating labels, as well as extensions to many Internet protocols to support labels.
The PICS system works by matching labels to their associated systems.
In order to advance its goals, PICS will devise a set of standards that facilitate the following:
The most important components are:
Membership in PICS includes a broad cross-section of companies from the computer, communications, and content industries, as well as trade associations and public interest groups. PICS member will deploy products and services based on these standards.