A dataset contains related data values that are collected or measured as part of a cohort study, for example, laboratory tests or information collected about a participant by a physician on a paper form.

A dataset's fields establish the shape and content of its data records, that are eventually populated by rows of data records. For example, a dataset that captures basic vital signs, would typically include fields such as height, weight, respiration rate, blood pressure, etc. Before you can upload data to a dataset, you must define the dataset's fields.

LabKey uses fields to ensure the upload of consistent data records. Uploaded data records must include values of the appropriate types for required property fields. They may also include values of appropriate types for optional properties.

The following topics show you how to set up datasets, define their fields, and populate them with data.

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