This section provides resources that survey vendors can use to assist in preparing their monthly XML files. The XML Template provides details about every data element included in the header record, patient administrative record, and patient response record. The XML Schema File shows the details of all validation that will be applied to each data element at the time the file is submitted.
The XML Schema Validation Tool will allow survey vendors to "pretest" their XML files to determine if they will pass many of the validation steps, before actually uploading the file to the Data Coordination Center. The tests that this application will perform are:
Survey vendors can download this tool to their local computer and test their XML files as many times as needed. The tool will provide results just like the online upload option does, allowing vendors to correct mistakes before actually uploading their file.
Click here to download the tool to your computer. For security reasons, you will download a Zip file that contains the Validation Tool. Once the download is complete, browse to the location where you saved the file. Use your local Zip program to extract the validation tool .EXE file. You can run the application by double clicking on the .EXE file.
Some users may receive the following message when they run the tool: “To run this application, you first must install one of the following versions of the .Net Framework: v2.0.50727”
If you receive this error, please download and install version 3.5 of Microsoft’s .Net Framework.
Here are some tips and suggestions for Survey Vendors uploading XML files to the Data Coordination Center.