We have a home-built Request for Information SharePoint app that works reasonably well overall, however, it requires someone to manually copy the RFI request from a Word doc into SharePoint. Is there any way we can automatically extract data from Word, a PDF form, an email, or anything else (besides Excel) and have it entered into a SharePoint list?
Option1. If you have control over the Word document you can create a word template that includes the metadata as a field inside the Word document. The document author fills out those fields. When uploading the document in SharePoint, the metadata is automatically filled out with the values from the word document. This will only work with MS Office documents.
Option 2. If you have an excel file you can also copy paste multiple lines of metadata by using the datasheet view of your list.
Option 3. If you are processing a lot of (incomming) letters, emails etc... You might want to look into 3rd party solutions that scan documents and extact their metadata. They scan documents, display it a tool, let you point and select the metadata and upload the file (and metadata) to SharePoint.