Sent on behalf of Joe Rogers
Date: September 22, 2023
To: NAACCR ListServ members
From: Joseph D. Rogers, M.S.
Team Lead: Informatics, Data Science, and Applications Team
Cancer Surveillance Branch
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, NCCDPHP, CDC
Subject: Release of CDC NPCR's Exchange Plus 2.5 (formerly known as XMLExchange Plus) for NAACCR v24
We are very pleased to announce that Exchange Plus 2.5 including the new mapping feature is now available! This version replaces the previous version available on the CDC NPCR Registry Plus website, and the web page has been updated. This version should be used to create user specific dictionaries for NAACCR version 24 and accommodates previous NAACCR XML versions.
XML Exchange Plus was renamed to Exchange Plus since the application has transformed into a useful tool to assist central cancer registries in several registry operation activities extending beyond the XML data exchange format. Several enhanced features have been added to the application over time.
XMLExchange Plus is a tool for reading and writing data exchange files formatted according to the NAACCR XML Data Exchange Standard. Exchange Plus was developed to work with analytic software tools such as R and SAS, which do not accept NAACCR-formatted XML data files as inputs, but can accept flat and delimited files produced by this application to perform data manipulation, statistical calculation, and graphical display.
The following updates have been included in this release of Exchange Plus:
Tasks performed by XMLExchange Plus include:
For more information about CDC NPCR's Exchange Plus, including system requirements and installation instructions, please visit our product website at the following location: Exchange Plus | Registry Plus | CDC
The install contains a PDF version of the Exchange Plus Manual that can be accessed from the Help menu in the task bar.
Central registries and other data collection entities with a need to create local user dictionaries are encouraged to download the application and to review the process to create user dictionaries. We also encourage central registries to review existing local data items to determine if reporting needs have changed, and to start preparing user dictionaries for NAACCR v24. As a reminder, a User Dictionary Clearinghouse is hosted on the NAACCR website to show examples of user dictionaries from other central registries and to provide the template that will help central registries gather information needed to define their own XML User Dictionary. Central registries with registry-specific data items are encouraged to fill out the Excel template available at XML User Dictionary - NAACCR and upload it to the XML Dictionary Submission Portal with a corresponding XML User Dictionary so that registry software vendors can get access to these required files to prepare customized software applications and to deploy their NAACCR v24 changes in a timely manner.
ALL issues or support questions should be sent directly to the Helpdesk at email@example.com.
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Joseph D. Rogers (Joe), MS
Informatics, Data Science, and Applications Team
Email: JRogers@cdc.gov Tel: 770-488-4701
National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)
Cancer Surveillance Branch (CSB)
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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