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Presetting metadata with the new Beta Uploader

We have been testing out a new uploader, currently in beta. The new uploader allows our users to preset metadata for their items, which is useful if you are uploading many items.

When using the new uploader, the metadata editor will appear after initially choosing some files to upload, as shown below:

You will not see the metadata editor until you choose at least one file. You can add query arguments to the standard upload URL in order to preset metadata for the item. When the metadata editor appears, it will be populated with the metadata you supplied. You can preset standard metadata fields like title and description, as well as arbitrary key/value pairs.  The general form of the url will look like this:

An advantage to specifying metadata in this way is that it can then be searched on by putting   key1:value AND key2:value2     or key1:”Multiple word value”   The metadata is stored in the item’s metadata xml file located at:

Here are some examples:


This url will preset the title for you:

Note that the space character in the title is encoded as “%20”



Subjects are separated by commas:,cats

Page URL / Item Identifier

Presetting the page url is tricky, since you must pick a unique identifier for your item. If you provide an identifier that already exists, the uploader will allow you to add more files to that item, assuming you have the correct permissions to upload to that item.

Limiting identifier length

If you need to limit the length of the identifier, you can set max_id_length. This is useful if you need the identifier to be short enough to fit on a barcode.


Presetting the collection will only be useful to curators who have permissions to upload to those collections:,test_collection

Here, two collections are supplied, separated by a comma. The primary collection is listed first, and will appear in the “Collection” section of the metadata editor. Additional collections will appear at the bottom of the editor, in the “More Options” section.

Arbitrary Metadata

You can supply any additional metadata you would like to add to your item. If the key/value pair you supply is not one of the standard ones, it will appear at the bottom of the metadata editor, in the “More Options” section:

Please let us know if you have any comments about the new uploader!


Book Scan Wizard software now supports Internet Archive uploads!

Book Scan Wizard is new open-source software used by the DIY Bookscanning community to process raw camera images into great-looking ebooks. Steve Devore, author of Book Scan Wizard, has released a new version with a great new feature – the ability to upload books straight to the Internet Archive!

Steve writes:

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to share those out-of-copyright books that you’ve saved from moldering bookshelves by scanning them? Or perhaps you would like a simple way to convert scans of your books to text, PDF, DjVu, or other formats for your Kindle or other e-reader? The Internet Archive and Book Scan Wizard makes it possible to do just that.

BSW makes it really easy to upload to the Internet Archive. After uploading your book, the Internet Archive will OCR the images and produce searchable PDF and ePub files for you.

Links for more information on BSW:

I really like the BSW upload interface:

Click here for an example of how you can use Book Scan Wizard and a DIY Bookscanner to create gorgeous ebooks. Below is an embedded version of the example book:

Congrats to Steve and the DIY community on a great new tool for scanning books!