What are Profile Attributes?

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Repository Administrators have the option to create custom "Profile Attributes" or metadata fields. These fields are used to "profile" or "tag" documents as they are imported into the system. The main purpose for Profile Attributes is to simplify searching, but you can also use them to organize documents within Workspaces.

To create new Profile Attributes or to modify existing attributes you can go to Admin > Define Profile Attributes. Click Add to add a new Profile Attribute. Click Edit to edit an existing profile attribute.

There are a few different types of attributes that you can create, but once a Profile Attribute has been created and used, we recommend that you do not change the Type.  

You can create attributes with the same name, but all attributes that share a name must also be the same Type. All other settings can be different between the attributes (e.g. one may use a lookup table, while the other does not). 

Here is a description of the different Types of fields:

Text fields 

A Text type field is a simple free-form field that you can type any number or word in. You can set a maximum character length up to 50 characters in a Text field. 

A Text type field can be linked to another field or can "Default from" another field (you can read more about Defaulting below).  

Using Lookup Tables (profile validation)

You can set a Text type field to use a Lookup Table.  With this enabled, the field will become a "pick list" (rather than a free form field) where users will be given a drop-down menu or a "Lookup" that will allow them to select a specified value.  The values in the Lookup are defined by the Repository Administrator. When you set the field to use a Lookup table there are additional options to Hide the lookup table from External Members and to Base security on this attribute. Learn more about profile-based security

With a Text type field you can make the field Required by checking the "Prompt if Empty" checkbox.  With this checked, when users import documents they will be prompted to fill out the field.

"Force Uppercase" will force users to enter values in upper case. This is typically used when the text-type attribute does not have a lookup table.

The "Extend table values to" option lets you pad the values with leading zeros.  For example, if you are creating an "Account Number" field and all of your account numbers are 5 digits, you can enter a number 5 in this field and it will automatically add leading zeros to the numbers if they are under 5 digits long.

The "Read-Only" option will make it so that the field cannot be changed once it has been filled out.    

Numeric fields

A Numeric type field is very similar to a Text type field, the difference being that it will only allow numbers to be entered as values.

Date fields

A Date type field will only allow a date to be entered in m/d/yyyy format.

With a Date field, you have the option to default the value to the Current Date. Also, when users are entering values in a Date field, they will be shown a calender that they can pick dates from: 

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Notes fields 

A Notes type field is a longer free-form text field (like a comments field) that you can use to enter entire sentences or paragraphs.

Linking Profile Attributes

You can link two attributes together in a parent-child relationship. For example, a Client may be associated with several Matters. The Matter attribute can then be linked as a child of the Client attribute. 

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This means that a matter must belong to one and only one parent value, but a parent value (client) may have several child values (matters). 

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Default From Type

You can chose to default a profile value from another profile. To do this, you must define a column in another table to use as a default.  So if you wanted to have an Office field associated with an Author field, you could upload an Author Type column to the Office lookup table, and then enter the Author values into this column.  When an Author is selected while profiling a document, the default Office value would be entered automatically. 

Related articles:

Define Profile Attributes

Profile Validation (Lookup Tables)

Sample Profile Tables

How to Add a New Profile Value (Client/Matter)

Profile-based Security (PBS)

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