Cloudinary Blog

Meta Pop! A Data-Enrichment Tool Built the Cloudinary Way

Tal Knopf
By Tal Knopf
Meta Pop! A Data-Enrichment Tool Built the Cloudinary Way

Let’s take a moment and journey back to the days when Cloudinary was a tiny startup run by a few gifted people coding hard to keep enhancing their product with a single mission in mind: make life better for the developers who entrusted their media with Cloudinary. Working out of a living room in early-startup-style and swagger was fun. For one thing, holding a company meeting took only a short trip to the local pub together for a beer 🍻.

We’ve moved on from those days. Our team, still gifted but too big to fit into a pub, now anticipates a continuing growth of the company with many more members as we continue to cater to media-management needs, notably through robust and effective Digital Asset Management (DAM) solutions.

Gratifyingly, though Cloudinary is no longer an exclusively developer-oriented company, its spirit persists with a laser focus on agility and usability. During a recent powwow, we concluded that we needed a workaround for the less-than-ideal scenario that some of our Uber-cool features were not automated or were accessible only through APIs. ”What about a simple, non-API-centric way to make bulk changes to the structured metadata in the Cloudinary accounts?” we wondered.

A few beers and a few hours later, we had the code ready for that idea and decided right then to do what we do best: share it with the open-source community. We named the tool Meta Pop, short for metadata populator. Here is the source code on GitHub.

With Meta Pop, which is hosted on Heroku, you can update the metadata of the assets in your Cloudinary account in either of these two simple ways:

  • Upload the updates to a folder structure that contains the metadata.
  • Upload a CSV file with the most up-to-date metadata.

Given the high volume of data, Meta Pop feeds it all into a free Elastic + Kibana instance to facilitate search. For more helpful search results, Meta Pop leverages a free instance of Coralogix, a tool built by a technology company of the same name that specializes in processing of data logs. Here, Coralogix funnels the logged data from Meta Pop into an Elasticsearch instance, in which you can then either search for metadata in the normal way or, for clues to help with debugging, run grep on the live logs as they show up.

Meta Pop does a creditable job of simplifying and accelerating many metadata-related tasks. Why not take it for a spin?

Recent Blog Posts

Automation Frees Up PetRescue’s Staff to Help Pets Find Their Forever Homes

As we spend more time at home, many of us are adopting pets for the joy, companionship and a surprising range of health benefits. In Australia, where our nonprofit customer PetRescue is located, there’s a shortage of pets to adopt. Last August, the Guardian reported that dog shelters in Australia emptied and adoption fees for puppies were running as high as $AUS1800.

Read more
Cloudinary and Contentful Make Modern Content Management Easier

I am pleased to share that Cloudinary and Contentful have joined forces to further streamline the creation, processing, and delivery of online content through Cloudinary’s digital asset management (DAM) solution and advanced transformation and delivery capabilities for images and video. What’s more, the partnership delivers a headless approach to DAM. By leveraging APIs for media management tasks, marketers and developers alike benefit from an integrated stack of optimized assets for optimization and automation. As a result, page loads are fast and beautiful, and at scale—with less overhead and effort.

Read more
Introducing Cloudinary's Nuxt Module

Since its initial release in October 2016 by the Chopin brothers as a server-side framework that runs on top of Vue.js, Nuxt (aka Nuxt.js) has gained prominence in both intuitiveness and performance. The framework offers numerous built-in features based on a modular architecture, bringing ease and simplicity to web development. Not surprisingly, Nuxt.js has seen remarkable growth in adoption by the developer community along with accolades galore. At this writing, Nuxt has earned over 30K stars on GitHub and 96 active modules with over a million downloads per month. And the upward trend is ongoing.

Read more
How Quality and Quantity can go Hand in Hand

When it comes to quality versus quantity, you’ll often hear people say, “It’s the quality that counts, not the quantity”. While that’s true in many situations, there are also cases where you want both quality and quantity. You may have thousands of images on your website and you want them all to look great. This is especially important if your website allows users to upload their own content, for example, to sell their own products or services. You don't want their poor quality images to reflect badly on your brand.

Read more
Product Videos 101: What Makes Them Great?

A product’s benefits and usage, including its value proposition, features, and instructive details, are best demonstrated through video. Product-video types vary, depending on the funnel, channel, and audience, the most popular ones being demos, reviews, installation, and how-tos.

Read more