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How to set Dash to auto-add an address to your assets
How to set Dash to auto-add an address to your assets
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Written by Katya Rose
Updated over a week ago

When an asset is uploaded to Dash, information stored about that asset ("metadata") is also pulled into Dash (you can read our full article on it here). In many instances, one of these metadata fields is the GPS co-ordinates of the asset.

Here's an example of it in Dash, which you can get to by clicking the three dot menu button when viewing an asset, and selecting "View embedded file data":

What can Dash do with this information?

Similar to our embedding metadata feature, you can set it so that Dash will automatically convert the GPS co-ordinates into an "Address" field in Dash to a Text field. Simply do the following:

  1. First, you'll need to create a Text field (GPS co-ordinates can only be mapped to a text field).

    1. Go to Fields > New field > Create a custom field > Text

  2. Go to Admin > Intelligence > Address Look-up

  3. Toggle the switch on, and select the text field that you create in Step 1.

Now, for any assets uploaded from this point that have GPS co-ordinates in the metadata, your new text field will be populated with the address, like this:

What determines whether an asset has GPS co-ordinates in the metadata?

📲 Assets from smartphones: Most modern smartphones will have GPS capabilities, so as long as location services are switched on in their settings, any image or video captured on that device will have GPS co-ordinates. Of course, it's always worth checking your specific model if you're not sure.

📸 Assets from digital cameras: Some cameras have GPS capabilities, so it's worth checking your specific model.

✏️ Manual geotagging: Even if your specific device doesn't have built-in GPS, or you come across an image without GPS co-ordinates for some other reason (e.g. location services were switched off at the time), you may be able to manually geotag images by adding them to the image metadata through additional software.

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