Creating Metadata Fields

The first step to using axle to tag and organize your media is to create metadata fields. Once created, these fields will automatically be available for all files in the appropriate catalog.

To create metadata, you must be logged into axle as a user with administrator privileges. Then, open the user menu by clicking the head icon in the top-right of the screen and select the Administrator Pages option.

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This will open the administrator pages in a new tab of your browser -- feel free to switch between tabs at any time.

From the column along the left side of the screen, select Data Fields. From here you can manage axle's metadata fields.

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Each metadata field is created for a particular catalog (you can later copy it to another catalog if you want), so the first step is to ensure that the correct catalog is selected from the dropdown menu at the top.

Each metadata field has a name, a type, and a sort order value.

The name is the name of the field that will appear in the metadata list.

The type of the field determines what kind of data it will store. axle supports the following metadata types:

Text: a small text field.
Checkbox: a binary checkbox.
Date: Opens a calendar that allows you to select a date.
Radio Button: Stores a list of values. Allows you to select one value.
Drop Down Menu: Stores a list of values. Allows you to select one value.
Text - Large: a large text field.
Tag Cloud: Stores a list of values. Allows you to select any number of values.

The sort order controls the position of the metadata in the metadata list. Lower numbers will appear higher in the list.

Once you've set the name, type, and order to your liking (these can all be changed later), click the Add New Field button to add the field to axle. It will appear in the list below.

Let's make a new metadata field. We'll make a drop down list for keeping track of where our footage was shot.

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Because this is a drop down list, once we create the field we have the opportunity to add the list items. Type in the option you would like, and click the Add New Value button. You can change or remove values at any time, and there is no limit to the number of values you can create. We'll add three options for now.

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We'll also add a few more metadata fields, a text field and a tag cloud.

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We now have a simple set of metadata to work with.

Please continue to the next article to learn how to add data to our metadata fields.