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RAE 2008 XML schemas

January 2007

An additional schema, RAE2008Users.xsd, has been added to allow the import of user account data. Please see the User Guide for further information. Also, four example files have been slightly amended to ensure they conform to the published (data) schemas. These are the RA2 example, the RA1 and RA2 example, the submission example and the example including every field in the RAE2008Data.xsd schema.

August 2006

Please note that the two schemas have been amended. The first change is to increase the number of digits in an FTE to allow a maximum of 9999.99. This occurs in line 50 in RAE2008Data.xsd and in line 49 in RAE2008DataSimple.xsd. The second change is to change the length of the "URL" field to 1024. This occurs in line 393 in RAE2008Data.xsd and in line 311 in RAE2008DataSimple.xsd.

March 2006

Please note that the two schemas, RAE2008Data.xsd and RAE2008DataSimple.xsd, have been amended. There have been three new elements ("DOI", "InterestConflicts", "DatesConflictExplanation") added to the RA2 Research outputs form and some corrections to ranges of elements (the maximum value of "FellowFinanceSource" in RA1, the range of "OutputType", the character limit of "URL", both in RA2, the maximum value of "RA4Source" in RA4).

February 2006

Please note that the two schemas have been amended. In RAE2008Data.xsd, the change occurs in line 321 and in RAE2008DataSimple.xsd, the change occurs in line 255. These changes are to correct the type of element "ShortTitle" (in RA2) to plain text.

October 2005

Please note that the two schemas have been amended. In RAE2008Data.xsd, the changes occur in lines 90 and 108 to correct some typing errors and line 386 to include an extra field in RA2. In RAE2008DataSimple.xsd, the changes occur in lines 80 and 98 to correct some typing errors and line 306 to include an extra field in RA2. The mis-spelled elements should be named "MultipleSubmission" and the extra field is to contain an english abstract of a research output (if necessary).

It has come to our attention that there is a problem when using the XML schemas to create Microsoft Acccess databases. Although this can be done by importing the XML schema, certain versions of Microsoft Access can fail to understand the hierarchical nature of the XML Schema standard. The resultant tables are incorrect with missing fields and links which you need to correct. In order to help HEIs which are using Microsoft Access we have created a database template for the RAE 2008 data. This is available for download from the Microsoft Access pages.

July 2005

One of the methods for importing data into the RAE 2008 data collection software is by using XML files. The two schemas listed below give the structure that the data collection software will expect the files to take. The schema in the file RAE2008Data.xsd gives the structure of the file and includes some of the simpler validation checks. The schema in the file RAE2008DataSimple.xsd just gives the structure of the file and only includes the validation checks needed to load the data into the data collection software.

It is envisioned that when the data collection software is completed the import routine will accept files using both schemas, as RAE2008Data.xsd is just a more restricted version of RAE2008DataSimple.xsd. Information about the fields in the schemas can be found in the 'Guidance on submissions' (RAE 03/2005), and further information will become available on this site.

The schemas allow for anything from a single record of a form to a complete submission to be imported from a single file. Listed below are some example XML files. We are hoping to provide more information about the import routines of the RAE 2008 data collection software in late autumn.

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