Add ability to add metadata tags to files
Adds the ability to tag documents with metadata tags and to add another function to search in these metadata tags.
For users it will brings new opportunities how to organize their data. It's a different approach compared to storing files only in a directory structure.
While we don’t have an update here for adding metadata tags to files, we are continuing to explore this as part of the future roadmap. We recently announced the ability to edit existing metadata from within Teams and will continue to invest in metadata scenarios.
Fully support! Should be a mechanism to quickly add tags on multiple files.
I want to catalog ebooks without using directories and mark ebooks read, so that I can filter them out.
Nice to have would be also notes and rates.
Dongbin Shin commented
This feature would add a whole new dimension in organizing photos. Please also allow grouping by tags, as you would in Windows. And the same functions are direly needed in iOS, as well.
Mike Goatly commented
This feature would be really helpful when integrating third party apps with OneDrive.
For example, when working with OneDrive, we're required to make the names of files stored there meaningful to the end user (it's their data after all), but this isn't always helpful for applications - these may have a unique identifier that identifies the data stored in the file.
Without having a way of associating some sort of "application id" metadata tag, the only way to find this information out is to store it as part of the filename or in the description (both ugly, and prone to the user changing the information) or alternatively downloading the file and extracting the relevant information (slow and unnecessary).
José Oliver-Didier commented
I could not agree more with Geoff Coupe's comments. His blog post is spot on what worries me with Onedrive's metadata handling. I believe Onedrive has potential, but it must strive to provide seamless interop with other MS products such as Windows Photo Gallery. I mentioned in a previous comment and Geoff post details quite nicely that the metadata handling does not roundtrip well. Also, it would be nice if Onedrive provides a good way to correct the lat/long values of geotagged photos and edit the location, city, state, country information.
Geoff Coupe commented
This suggestion is for the ability to tag (and search) documents in general, and I support it. A supplementary suggestion from me is that Microsoft fix the existing tagging of photos in OneDrive.
OneDrive currently allows for tagging of photos - but it's broken. (1) the tags aren't searchable in OneDrive and (2) descriptive tags are separate from those stored in photo metadata - which breaks Microsoft's own rule that they coined back in 2006 that "the truth is in the file".
See http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/onedrive-still-no-proper-support-for-tags/ for more details.
José Oliver-Didier commented
This would be extremely helpful for my photo management workflow. However, the metadata must be compatible with Windows Photo Gallery. Right now, if you edit the caption in Onedrive and then download the file the metadata does not roundtrip that well with WPG.
Also, it would be helful to add People Tags as well as GeoTags (say from foursquare, facebook) as well as correct the lat/long locations from photos taken (there is always some degree of inacurracy in GPS).
I support this idea as it would be extremely useful for search and retrieval of files if downloaded locally or sent to others. During some testing I noticed that adding names to the "People Tags" do end up in the file properties once downloaded. However, data added to the 'Tags' and 'Caption' fields within OneDrive do not end up in the file properties once downloaded.
Matthew Carter commented
Ya, integrating the same type of information used in http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-live/photo-gallery Windows Live Photo Gallery would be extremely helpful as it writes the metadata back to the file properties! Microsoft, you have the technology already, just ask another department for it!