Monday, September 16th, 2013

Introducing Metadata: Bringing Context to Your Content

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At BoxWorks 2013, we showcased how we’re adding context to your content on Box with metadata. Metadata is important for developers building integrations on our platform and for the millions of individuals and businesses that use Box every day.

The underlying technology allows developers to add key:value pairs to files stored in Box via the API and web application so that people can add, edit and view additional types of information around a file from within a custom app.

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For example, you will soon be able to make a GET request to https://api.box.com/2.0/files/FILE_ID/metadata and receive a sample JSON object similar to the one below:

{

“patient_name”: “John Huffer”,

“patient_id”: “2839472″,

“dob”: “04-21-1980″,

“diagnosis”: “metacarpal fracture”

}

You will also be able to simply add, update and remove additional key:value pairs from metadata objects using JSON patch operations.

We are working on rolling this out broadly to developers and users over the coming quarters, but email us at metadata-beta@box.com if you’re interesting in being an early beta user.

 

  • Ian Crew

    Ar the BoxWorks keynote, there was a brief mention that there would be a session about this later in the conference, but I haven’t found any further info about when or where. Could you please post that info someplace? Thanks!

  • AYISSI JOACHIM

    Ar the BoxWorks keynote, there was a brief mention that there would be a
    session about this later in the conference, but I haven’t found any
    further info about when or where. Could you please post that info
    someplace? Thanks!