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Presetting metadata with the new Beta Uploader

We have been testing out a new uploader, currently in beta. The new uploader allows our users to preset metadata for their items, which is useful if you are uploading many items.

When using the new uploader, the metadata editor will appear after initially choosing some files to upload, as shown below:

You will not see the metadata editor until you choose at least one file. You can add query arguments to the standard upload URL in order to preset metadata for the item. When the metadata editor appears, it will be populated with the metadata you supplied. You can preset standard metadata fields like title and description, as well as arbitrary key/value pairs.  The general form of the url will look like this:

An advantage to specifying metadata in this way is that it can then be searched on by putting   key1:value AND key2:value2     or key1:”Multiple word value”   The metadata is stored in the item’s metadata xml file located at:

Here are some examples:


This url will preset the title for you:

Note that the space character in the title is encoded as “%20″



Subjects are separated by commas:,cats

Page URL / Item Identifier

Presetting the page url is tricky, since you must pick a unique identifier for your item. If you provide an identifier that already exists, the uploader will allow you to add more files to that item, assuming you have the correct permissions to upload to that item.


Presetting the collection will only be useful to curators who have permissions to upload to those collections:,test_collection

Here, two collections are supplied. The primary collection is listed first, and will appear in the “Collection” section of the metadata editor. Additional collections will appear at the bottom of the editor, in the “More Options” section.

Arbitrary Metadata

You can supply any additional metadata you would like to add to your item. If the key/value pair you supply is not one of the standard ones, it will appear at the bottom of the metadata editor, in the “More Options” section:

Please let us know if you have any comments about the new uploader!


Originally posted on The Internet Archive Blog by raj.

Written by internetarchive

February 8, 2013 at 1:26 am

Posted in News

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