Data certification allows an account to go through a QA mode when receiving new data. If this mode is activated, new data is not automatically seen until it has been “Certified”. The alternate mode, called Auto Certification, is what accounts have turned on by default.
Firstly, if you do not see the Data Version information while hovering on the account part of the navigation bar, you do not have the proper privileges to view.
A new account will start on Version 1 and have auto certified check. If you do not wish to certify data, leave everything as is and don’t worry.
Otherwise, you can go ahead and uncheck Auto Certified.
Once unchecked, the page will reload.
You will now see a Certified Version has been added. Nothing too interesting still, as version and certified will be the same.
Now go ahead and upload some new data.
Once the new data has been uploaded and indexed by the beckon system, you should now notice a little Red Dot has appeared on the data certification icon. This means we are ready to certify some data. Go ahead and click data version.
You will now notice the certified version differs from the normal version. As you keep uploading data, the version number will increase, while certified will stay the same until you QA Data. Once you QA a particular version, certified will match that.
IE - if version is 5 and certified is 1 and you QA and verify, certified will now be 5. Certified will skip right by 2 3 and 4 since it is assumed the latest version has the most up to date data.
Go ahead and click QA Data. Doing this will now show you the latest version of data. Go to Answers, try a query out, and check it out yourself.
You will notice the data version menu has changed to say QA Mode now, indicating you are QAing. Hovering here can tell you what 3 states of data versioning you are in. Certified and latest, certified but there is a latest, and QA mode (viewing latest).
Click into the data version and you should see something like this.
Notice how the options on the bottom have changed.
Click View Certified to go back to the last certified version of data.
If you have verified the latest version of data looks good, click Certify This Data.
Now you should notice it says Certified again.
If you click into Data version, the version and certified version will match and you no longer have the option to certify or view certified.
That’s all there is to it. You can upload new data and repeat the process or go back to Auto Certified mode.