Bring back SharePoint Online Image Metadata Extraction
Back in September, we have used below columns to extract picture/image metadata w.r.t location in SharePoint Online:
It worked brilliantly. But unfortunately the functionality doesn't seem to work anymore.
Other metadata such as date taken has also been removed. This is causing extreme headache for customers who relied on this data.
PLEASE BRING THIS BACK!!!
Siôn Lewis commented
Try creating columns with the following internal names:
Christoph Janssen commented
I checked this today and all exif data was read correctly.
Only downside is, i cannot use the image library as a source for image web parts...
Does it work for all IPTC columns ?
It seemed to work for a while in conjunction with the RenderListDataAsStream API (thanks Brian Edwards, very cool solution!), but it stopped working for me some time in this new year 2021. The only field being filled is the MetaInfo. field, but it does not contain much data and is hard to parse. And this field contains GPS data in degree format and not in the decimal format so you can not pass it to a REST service in one go. No more metadata for images for now I guess...
Update: All of a sudden the functionality is back... Could it have been some outage, not being reported anywhere? Weird stuff
Stelvio Gori commented
Orrible news Microsoft, what's the sense of stripping out such core feature?
Yesterday I did a test on this in SharePoint online. I've found SharePoint ingests and displays the following image metadata I embedded with Adobe Bridge and/or my camera. They are:
IPTC Title (dc:title) = SharePoint "Title"
IPTC Creator (dc:creator) = SharePoint "Author"
IPTC Copyright Notice (dc:rights) = SharePoint "Copyright"
Exif:DateTimeOriginal = SharePoint "Date Picture Taken"
IPTC Description (dc:description) = SharePoint "Subject"
IPTC Keywords (dc:subject) = SharePoint "Enterprise Keywords"
Has this functionality been brought back now? It seems like it is.
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The SharePoint RenderListDataAsStream REST API still surfaces this metadata. I highly recommending checking out my latest blog on this especially given I have shared all the code to do this (and way more).
This needs sorting asap, ridiculous to loose this functionality, which muppet at microsoft allowed this to happen
This makes no sense. This completely removes Sharepoint as a solution for digital asset management. So much for collaborating with out Marketing, Advertising, Journalists, Events, Media Mgt departments. What are you doing microsoft?
Arwid Littmarck commented
This is plainly incomprehensible. Removing this functionality in Sharepoint online makes us having to look for another system for storing our images, and all the files connected to them.
We just noticed this building our resource bank for all our employees and volunteers, trying it out earlier when it still was a working thing.
The idea that 365 would be one system for all our needs, with our users only needing one account, seemed great. Not so much.
MS please bring back this functionality.
We store our entire image library in Sharepoint online, and suddenly we werw no longer able to search for meta data in the images ... Which makes the libarary almost impossible to use.
What we discovered was, that meta data is not removed from the images - it is just simply not visible in Sharepoint. If I download an image, and open it in Photoshop, all the meta data is still there. But Sharepoint just like "nah, I don't wanna read that"
This is adding needless dev work for my teams to capture image metadata in our collaboration capability. Bring it back!
The lack of the basic EXIF data extraction into Picture Libraries does make those libraries nearly worthless. This is certainly a wrong move to deprecate and especially to do it unannounced. This is on par with fly-by-night cloud companies changing critical functions on a whim. We certainly expect a better standard from Microsoft.
Bruno de Vries commented
1.5 Year ago we migrated our central image bank from on-premise SharePoint to SharePoint Online. One of the key features was extracting metadata from uploaded images. And it worked brilliantly.
Deprecating this means storing images in SharePoint isn't that viable anymore. Please bring this feature back!
Jason Brennan commented
Is there an update/solution on this ?
I would like to transfer our photo library to SharePoint online, ( 20,000 images ) but i don't wont to re-type all the Caption/Description and Keyword metadata ? IPTC Info.
Yes please bring this back. We were not using it but had looked at it a couple of times and were thinking about if for a couple of projects. Would be nice to get this back.
Very disappointing - we need this to access the exif data too