Accurate metadata allows users across your organization to find and retrieve assets quickly. With rapidly growing libraries of content, keeping metadata up-to-date can be a time-consuming challenge. Digital asset management (DAM) admins are often tasked with applying metadata for large batches of assets from activities like photoshoots, product updates, and rebrands.
The Widen CollectiveⓇ includes tools to make this process less labor-intensive. For example, upload profiles automatically place assets into specific asset groups and can apply preset metadata. Batch editing allows you to edit metadata for similar files at once. And image recognition and auto-tagging tools can help generate metadata for some types of imagery. But the fact remains that much of the metadata for most assets is applied manually… and it’s time-consuming!
So we have some good news to share. Our new metadata import tool provides a way to update metadata for hundreds or even thousands of assets at a time. Read on to learn how!
A new self-serve metadata import process
The Collective now offers a new self-serve metadata import tool that allows admins to bulk import metadata with CSV files. When you import metadata for existing assets from a CSV spreadsheet into your Collective site, the importer will walk you through four steps:
- Select a CSV file
- Map fields
The new process includes a metadata mapping tool that displays sample data from the import spreadsheet to give you context and confidence while mapping your fields. Plus, import review estimates are presented prior to running the import to give you an indication of how much of the mapping will be done compared to any assets or values that will be skipped.