Fields in forms can be linked to other forms by a Smartabase builder through linked calculations. Often, this information is linked from the person's profile, but information can also be linked from one event form to another or from the person's user account. Some examples of fields that are frequently linked into event forms are name, age, gender, contact information and, in the case of athletes, sport specific information such as sport type, level, team, position, body weight and other metrics.
The reason that this is done is to facilitate quicker, more efficient workflows. Commonly repeated information doesn’t need to be re-entered if it can be drawn from elsewhere in the site. This saves time, but, importantly, also maintains data consistency. There is less chance that, for example, half of a person's event forms say their height is 165 centimeters and the other half state it as 156 centimeters. If this happened, the value of any reporting that is done in relation to their height would be lessened.
In summary, linking data is common when data is only entered once (for example, an person's date of birth) or in one place (an person's body weight). There is no limit to how often a value can be linked and a linked calculation can display a minimum, maximum, first or last value if there are multiple records; however, in the current version of Smartabase, linked calculations only reference data from records saved prior to the date of the current form. That is, a form displaying a linked value will not contain values saved with more recent dates.