Creating a Metadatabase

To create a new metadatabase, first make sure that no metadatabase is currently selected in the list of metadatabases. Then click the “New Metadatabase” button. This will open a dialog window.

This window contains three inputs:

  • Database Name: The name for the new metadatabase; this is the only required field. Metadatabase names can range from 1-255 characters. Note: Each metadatabase requires a unique name. Insight does not support duplicate metadatabase names.

  • Database Description: Enter an optional description for the metadatabase in this field. The metadatabase description can range from 1-255 characters. It is not necessary to add a description for the metadatabase and this field can be left empty if desired.

  • Upload CSV: Use a CSV file to pre-populate the columns and data of a metadatabase. Uploading a CSV file is optional. Failure to do so simply results in a new, empty database.

Click the yellow “Submit” button to create the metadatabase. To dismiss this window and abandon the creation of a new database click the grey “Cancel” button or the 'x' in the upper right hand corner.

Creating An Empty Metadatabase

To create a new, empty metadatabase:

  1. Make sure no metadatabase is currently selected in the metadatabase list.

  2. Click “New Database” to open the “create metadatabase” dialog window.

  3. Fill in the Database Name and, optionally, the Database Description fields.

  4. Click “Submit.”

A new metadatabase appears in the list of metadatabases. If any errors occur during this process, such as a metadatabase with a duplicate name, the dialog window will remain open and display the corresponding error.

Note: when creating an empty metadatabase the default columns follow the “ColumnX” convention, e.g., “Column1”,“Column2”,“Column3”,“Column4”,“Column5”.

Creating a Metadatabase from an Existing CSV

To create a metadatabase and pre-populate it with columns and data from a CSV file:

  1. Make sure no metadatabase is currently selected in the list of metadatabases.

  2. Click “New Database” to open the “create metadatabase” dialog window.

  3. Fill in the Database Name and, optionally, the Database Description fields. Then click “Select Files” to browse your computer for the CSV file and upload it.

  4. Once the upload completes, click “Submit.”

The dialog window closes and the new metadatabase appears in the list of metadatabases. If any errors occur during this process, such as a metadatabase with a duplicate name, the dialog window will remain open and display the corresponding error.