This article is part of the Definitive Guide to Uploading and Preparing Data.
This is a core part of setting up a clean and tidy dataset. If you haven't already, it is strongly recommended you read: Recommendations for setting up a clean and tidy dataset
In the web app
In the web app, you need to have Editor permissions and unlock the dataset (for editing). You can do this via:
- Variable Properties (for one variable at a time)
- Dataset Properties > Edit Variables (to do more than one variable at a time)
See this article for more information.
With R you have a few options.
- You can set names and descriptions of variables (and categories and subvariable labels and aliases), as noted in this vignette.
- You may like to consider a bulk action approach as per this article: Bulk changing the metadata of a dataset in a CSV (created and executed in R)