As you build your model the system will be automatically building a data collection form for each element type in the background. Even if you're planning to bulk upload data we suggest you familiarize with these collection forms as they are an easy way to test your model before uploading lots of data, and they are an important mechanism for adding interactivity to views and implementing crowdsourcing capabilities. 

To see the auto-generated collection form just hover over an element type and click the "Add" icon:

Since element types are only given one property by default, called "Name". The collection form for newly created element types will be pretty simple, with fields just for entering the element's name and anything it's connected to:

You can change the fields associated with an element type by refining its definition. Hover over the element type and click the "Define" icon:

You can rename and edit fields that are already there by double clicking on them. You can click the "Add" button to add additional field of different types: text, images, video, even document uploads.

As you change your element type's definition, the system will be changing the collection form associated with the element type as well. Save your new definition and then try to add data again - you'll see a whole new collection form that maps to your updated definition:

You can adjust the UI of the collection form by experimenting with the "Appearance" options that are associated with each field - there will be different options based on what type of field it is.


You can also make fields mandatory under the "Validation" settings, and use the "Advanced" setting to change even more aspects of the form.

After you add a few data points to an element type in your model using the collection forms, you will likely want to see the data you've entered. Hover over the element type and click the "View" icon to see the data that you've added:

This will take you to the table-based data view:

If you've got a few element and connection types in your model, and some starting data visible in the table-based view, you're ready to either add more data in bulk - see "2. Add some data" - or visualize it as a network - see "3. Create interactive views" in the Getting Started view that you encountered on your homepage of your new Studio or City.