Data references

A data reference is a field in your data model that is linked to a data type in your application. When you add a data reference to a form, it prompts users to select a data record, or instance of the data type. By using data references, you can reuse information in your application and build forms that are easy to maintain.

Note: Unlike fields and forms that are specific to a case type, data types are accessible throughout your application. You can create data references in different case types that are linked to the same data type.

Data-referencing techniques

The following techniques for referencing a data type are supported:

  • Adding a new field to a form and setting the field type to Data reference.
  • Selecting a data type in the Reuse fields panel. This technique automatically creates and configures a data-reference field.
  • Selecting an existing data reference in the Reuse fields panel.
  • Adding a data reference field to a data type or case type.