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For the following steps you need Confluence Administrator permissions.
Create Global Metadata
In order to create global metadata, you need to be a Confluence Administrator. Global metadata will be available in all Confluence spaces and helps maintain consistent metadata systemwide. To create global metadata, you first have to create at least one global metadata field and then add the field(s) to a global metadata set. Finally, you can assign your new set(s) to existing pages via bulk change.
Create a Global Metadata Field
As a Confluence administrator, go into the General Configuration and look for "Metadata Plugin" on the left sidebar. Click the entry "Metadata fields". You will now see the following overview:
Image 1: General Administration - Global Metadata Overview (click to enlarge)
Click "Add Metadata Field" on the right. This will lead you to the configuration screen for global metadata fields.
Image 2: General Administration - Add Global Metadata Field (click to enlarge)
Add Global Metadata Fields to a Global Metadata Set
The entry "Metadata sets" can also be found in the "Metadata Plugin" section on the left sidebar. On the page, click "Add metadata set" on the right to create a new set.
Image 4: General Administration - Add Global Metadata Set (click to enlarge)
On the space and page level, you can add global metadata via templates and on the page, as described in the section Add Metadata to one or more Pages.
Bulk Changes will not work for global metadata sets. You can however perform bulk changes on global metadata fields once these fields have been added to a space metadata set.
You can also add default values to your global metadata. Please refer to section Define Default Values here to find out how to add default values and variables to a Metadata set.
As a global administrator you can decide who can add Metadata sets to a page. The default option will remain that only administrators and space administrators can add a metadata set to a page. The option "users can add Metadata" makes it possible to decide that all users with the right to "Add Pages" in a space can add Metadata sets to pages.
Image 5: Advanced options - decide which users can add Metadata sets to a page (click to enlarge)