Sent on behalf of Joe Rogers
Date: August 23, 2022
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 XMLExchange Plus 2.4 for NAACCR v23
We are very pleased to announce that the XMLExchange Plus 2.4 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 23 and accommodates previous NAACCR XML versions.
XMLExchange Plus is a tool for reading and writing data exchange files formatted according to the NAACCR XML Data Exchange Standard. XMLExchange 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.
This release of XMLExchange Plus addresses programming modifications needed for creating user dictionaries for NAACCR v23 to meet updated specifications in the NAACCR XML Data Exchange Standard, Version 1.6, released in early August 2022.
The following changes were made in this release of XML Exchange Plus:
Tasks performed by XMLExchange Plus include:
For more information about CDC NPCR's XMLExchange Plus, including system requirements and installation instructions, please visit our product website at the following location: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr/tools/registryplus/xml-exchange-plus.htm
The install contains a PDF version of the XMLExchange Plus Manual that can be accessed from the Help menu in the task bar. The install also contains the NAACCR XML base dictionary for the current version of the NAACCR XML Standard.
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 v23. 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 v23 changes in a timely manner.
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Joseph D. Rogers (Joe), MS
Informatics, Data Science, and Applications Team
National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Email: JRogers@cdc.gov Tel: 770-488-4701
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