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Is it possible to create custom metadata key/values for a PDF file?

I can see (from other questions here) how to add title, author, keywords etc. However, I'm creating transcriptions of historical documents and I'd like to add some additional metadata, such as the record office holding the document and the document accession number.

The idea is that (in the future) when I want to make them available on the web I can write an app that can read the PDF to extract the metadata (via something like PDFBox or iText) to include it in a HTTP POST.

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an article by ross moore in tugboat: Advanced features for publishing mathematics, in PDF and on the Web discusses metadata other than just the main bibliographic information for a document. – barbara beeton Feb 18 '14 at 15:48
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Package hyperref

Package hyperref supports the setting of arbitrary keys in the PDF information dictionary (see manual):


    RecordOffice={my office},

Hello World.

However, these keys are not standardized, thus most tools will not show them. But you can extract them via a PDF library.

Package hyperxmp

The PDF format also supports XMP (eXtensible Metadata Platform). More keywords are standardized there. See package hyperxmp of Scott Pakin.

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That's great. I can add the metadata and query via Apache PDFBox. – MikeJ Feb 18 '14 at 16:50

There is also pdfx package. Here you have to add metadata as a separate .xmp file.


\Keywords{pdfTeX\sep PDF/X-1a\sep PDF/A-b} 
\Title{Sample LaTeX input file} 
\Author{LaTeX project team} 
\Org{TeX Users Group}

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I'm using hyperref package ...that is much more limited in features compared to your requirements.

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Welcome to TeX.SX! Could you enhance your answer, for instance by providing some examples? – Claudio Fiandrino Feb 18 '14 at 15:48

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