Suddenly, not having had this issue before yesterday, when I import files (Canon raw) from my hard drive into a LR 5 Catalog, the GPS data is not being transferred, although the rest of the EXIF data is. Files were initially added to my hard drive by Adobe Bridge, at which time a metadata template was applied. When I look at the files in Bridge, all the GPS data is there. During the import in the Library module, I am not applying any metadata preset. All the metadata visible in Bridge is visible in the LR metadata panel, EXCEPT the GPS data.
One approach to figuring out what happened is to use a standalone metadata reader—I use Phil Harvey's ExifTool
, but there are many others available—to compare the metadata in the stored raw files where the geotags are not being parsed by LR with those in the corresponding raw files for your test catalog, where they are. If the GPS-related fields for each pair of files are identical, that would suggest a LR hiccup during the creation of the catalog. If they're different, that would indicate a problem with the file import from the card by Bridge.