I have a number of Drone photos that I would like to make searchable from SharePoint.

In SharePoint 2013, if you upload photos into an asset library, the metadata is extracted and entered into a column provided the column exists (and is named properly).

This feature doesn't seem to work in SharePoint Online.

Does anyone have any insight on this?


  • Hi Martin, what metadata property are you using? Something like "Comments" and "Tags"? I've never heard of photos to carry over metadata to SharePoint when you upload them to an Assets Library. I've just tried it out of curiousity and it didn't work. Maybe it was Word documents? I'm super curious what made this feature work for you in the past. – Denis Molodtsov Apr 16 at 21:00
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    @DenisMolodtsov you are not seeing them cause you are not creating an Asset Library with those columns. Here is the article: spjohnadams.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/… – Martin Muldoon Apr 16 at 21:09
  • How interesting, I had no idea about this feature. In any case, it does not seem to work. I've populated "Copyright" property for the picture and uploaded it to Site Assets where "wic_System_Copyright" field was already there. Sadly, nothing happened. I've also tried SharePoint Migration tool. It also does not migrate these properties. – Denis Molodtsov Apr 16 at 21:19
  • @DenisMolodtsov That is odd. What version of SharePoint are you using? In my case I checked that the photos had data in them...such last Latitude. I then created a text column called....wic_System_GPS_Latitude and dragged the photos in from Windows explorer. I think uploading using the menu didn't work, if memory serves. – Martin Muldoon Apr 17 at 11:18
  • @MartinMuldoon I think this might be because Microsoft focus has been on Document library rather than any other apps. However, you could try creating a Picture Library and show/hide the columns like 'MediaServiceAutoTags' & 'MediaServiceLocation'. You will see the images are being tagged automatically. If this doesn't meet your requirement you could use Flow and Cognitive Services to tag – SharePointer Apr 17 at 11:53

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