Adding meta data

Meta data is important to help anyone looking at your data understand where it is coming from and how to use it correctly.

Currently, Datashift is developing a metadata builder (which is just a fancy way of saying we're making a form where you can easily add your metadata information).

Even without our metadata builder we still believe there is value to being able to share your data publically so for each datafile you are able to identify the variables within it.

To add basic metadata information to your datafile:

  1. Hover over the datafile you to add metadata to, click on the datafile menu icon
    and select "
    Data headers

Select data headers to view/edit metadata

  1. Click on the data column you want to add metadata information on to.
  2. In the dropdown menu under
    , select the best option for your data.

Updating data headers

  1. Click "
    Update column
    " to save your changes.
  2. Repeat the process for as many data columns as you'd like.

Tip: Adding this basic metadata infromation will make it much easier for people to find your data if you make it public.

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