Studies can be exported, imported, and reloaded to make it easy to transfer them between servers, duplicate them within a server, and synchronize them with a primary database. Users can generate and use a folder archive, with additional study objects.

A few common usage scenarios:

  • Studies can be exported and reimported to transfer from a staging environment to a production server.
  • A snapshot of one study can be exported and imported into several new studies so that they share a common baseline.
  • A brand new study can be generated with the exported structure (with or without the data) of an existing study. This allows very rapid creation of new studies based on templates.
  • The structure of an existing set of studies can also be standardized by importing selected structural elements from a common template.
  • A study can be exported masking all identifying information enabling the sharing of results without sharing PHI or any patient or clinic details.

Topics

  • Export a Study - Export to a folder archive, either as exploded files or as a zip file.
  • Import a Study - Import a study from a folder archive.
  • Reload a Study - Reload a study manually or via script using the API.
    • Study Object Files and Formats - This topic explains in detail the formats of the exported archive files, including core data files (TSV or Excel) and XML metadata files.
Folder archives are written using UTF-8 character encoding for text files. Imported archives are parsed as UTF-8.

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