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Multimedia File Metadata - Indexable?


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#1 jsp1983

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 09:51 PM

Well, I suppose the answer is 'yes', but what I mean to ask is, do any of the search engines index the metadata found in various multimedia files? I've done some searches to try to find examples, but haven't come across anything yet, but I'd be surprised if Google wasn't looking at it for 'something'- whatever that might be.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:23 PM

What do you mean by "indexing"? Do you mean are they indexing it as a separate file? Or (my assumption) that the metadata is used to help the SE identify the topic/relevance of the multimedia file? If the latter, then everything I"ve heard or read is a yes, although I imagine it depends upon the type of file.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:13 PM

Just a note here that I think jsp is talking about metadata of the files themselves, and not the <meta> tag data of html files.

To which the answer is a big old It Depends. Some filetypes they're at least looking at if not indexing. Other filetypes are still out there a bit beyond their capabilities yet.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 09:41 AM

QUOTE(Randy @ Apr 14 2009, 01:13 AM) View Post
Just a note here that I think jsp is talking about metadata of the files themselves, and not the <meta> tag data of html files.

To which the answer is a big old It Depends. Some filetypes they're at least looking at if not indexing. Other filetypes are still out there a bit beyond their capabilities yet.


Bit of a late response from me, but why change the habit of a lifetime? wink1.gif

As an example of metadata from files (yes, you were right with the type of metadata I'm talking about, Randy), I thought indexing MP3s would be the best example. I haven't seen any evidence that the likes of Google are indexing and making use of the metadata, but I think it's strange that they aren't yet doing this.

I mean, Google/ YouTube can already reference parts of audio and match patterns within pictures, so why wouldn't they make ready use of data that's begging to be indexed (data that is specifically provided for indexing, too!)?

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 04:57 PM

It wouldn't surprise me if they're working towards that goal jsp. But like you've I've not seen anything in the SERPs to suggest they've gotten close enough to release anything to the public as yet.




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