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This document is for technical professionals who work with educational data, and in particular, the creation of XML data files that conform to the Ed-Fi Data Standard. These XML data files are often exported from source data systems such as student information systems and assessment systems into Ed-Fi Standard Interchange Schema.
To gain the most benefit from this information, the reader should already be familiar with the following knowledge areas:
The Ed-Fi solution, see www.ed-fi.org
Extensible Markup Language (XML), see www.w3.org/XML
XML Schema (XSD), see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML_Schema_(W3C)
Ed-Fi adopters may need to run validation checks against Ed-Fi data exchange XML files that have been created according to the Ed-Fi Data Standard and Ed-Fi Standard Interchange Schemas.
The following documentation describes how to run validation using Notepad++. This requires local copies of the Ed-Fi XML Core and Interchange Schema which can be downloaded from the Ed-Fi Alliance GitHub Ed-Fi-Standard repository.
For more information about the Ed-Fi data model and Ed-Fi Standard Interchange Schemas, see the Ed-Fi Unifying Data Model and Ed-Fi Interchange Schema Documentation available online at http://www.ed-fi.org/tech-docs.
Validate XML Using Notepad++
This section provides a step-by-step guide to validating Ed-Fi XML using Notepad++
Step 1: Install the Notepad++ XML Tools plugin.
Install Notepad++ using instructions available from : https://notepad-plus-plus.org/ The version you install must have the Plugins Admin feature (the most recent version has this feature).
In Notepad++ go to the Plugins menu and select Plugins Admin. Find XML Tools in the list, check the box, and click the Install button.
Step 2: Download XML Schema Files
In the Ed-Fi Standard GitHub repo (https://github.com/Ed-Fi-Alliance/Ed-Fi-Standard) locate the version of the standard you want to validate against. Within that folder, locate the Interchange XSD and Ed-Fi-Core.xsd field.
- Download Ed-Fi-Core.xsd
- Download the interchange XSD files you will need. For example, if you are validating a student enrollment XML, you will need Interchange-StudentEnrollment.xsd
Put these files into your working folder.
Step 3: Update the XML File Schema Location Path
Open the Ed-Fi XML file to validate in Notepad++. Before validating, you will need to update the schemaLocation path to match where you stored the Ed-Fi Interchange schema locally.
Replace the '../../../../XSLT2/References/Ed-Fi-Standard/Schemas/' portion of the schemaLocation with your local file path, leaving both the 'http://ed-fi.org/0320 ' and interchange file name unchanged.
For example, if you saved the Ed-Fi schemas to your C drive and were validating an AssessmentMetadata XML file, your schemaLocation would appear as follows:
Step 4: Validate the XML File
Go to the Plugins menu → XML Tools → Validate Now. If validation is successful, you will see the following:
Otherwise, an Information window will appear with validation error messages.