External (Shared) Metadata
|Creating External (Shared) Metadata|
|Linking External (Shared) Metadata|
|Internalizing External (Shared) Metadata|
External (shared) metadata serves for more than one graph. It is located outside the graph and can be shared across multiple graphs.
Creating External (Shared) Metadata
If you want to create shared metadata, select→ → in the main menu.
Then expand the→ item and decide whether you want to define metadata yourself ( ), or extract it from one of the available sources.
Internalizing External (Shared) Metadata
Once you have created and linked external (shared) metadata, in case you want to put it into the graph, you need to convert it to internal metadata. In such a case you would see its structure in the graph itself.
You can internalize any linked external (shared) metadata file by right-clicking the linked external (shared) metadata item in the Outline pane and clicking from the context menu.
You can even internalize multiple linked external (shared) metadata files at once. To do this, select the desired external (shared) metadata items in the Outline pane. You can select adjacent items when by pressing Shift and moving the Down Cursor or the Up Cursor key. If you want to select non-adjacent items, use Ctrl+ at each of the desired items instead.
After that, the selected linked external (shared) metadata items disappear from the Outline pane Metadata group, but, at the same location, newly created internal metadata items appear.
The original external (shared) metadata files still exist in the
and can be seen in the Project Explorer pane.