5.7 Meta-data

Meta-data is additional information you can add to any of your local documents, for example sample collection history, organism identification, primers used etc. Meta-data is added in the Properties view under the Info tab (see Figure 5.7 ). This tab displays standard properties of documents such as the name and description, plus any meta-data you have added. Any meta-data that you add can appear in a column in the document table, and can be treated as a user-defined field for use in sorting, searching and filtering your documents.

When multiple documents are selected, the Properties view displays all of the fields and meta-data belonging to the selected documents. When all documents have the same value for a field, it is displayed in the viewer. If the documents have different values, or some of the selected documents do not have a value, then the field will show that it represents multiple values. Changes made to the fields will apply to all selected documents.

You can add meta-data to any of your local documents, including molecular sequences, phylogenetic trees and journal articles. You cannot add meta-data to search results from NCBI or EMBL etc until the documents are copied into one of your local folders.

   5.7.1 Adding meta-data
   5.7.2 Editing Meta-Data
   5.7.3 Creating a new Meta-Data type
   5.7.4 Editing Meta-Data Types
   5.7.5 Using Meta-Data