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Institution profile record 2014/15

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File structure

Version 1.0 Produced 2014-06-26

The physical file structure to be returned to HESA is based on the logical data model but can differ where repeating elements associated with some of the logical entities are expressed seperately.

In the case of the Institution profile record, no repeating elements are expressed seperately, and the file structure for submission matches the data model.

IP Data Model

Data format

Data must be returned to HESA as an XML file. XML is the eXtensible Markup Language and is a W3C recommendation. There are many XML training resources on the web, including the W3C Tutorial on XML and the resources of W3Schools.

Files must be encoded with UTF-8 and schema validation will be in place to ensure this. Higher education providers (HEPs) must specify the encoding used in their XML files in the first line of the file (i.e. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>) and to ensure that their files are actually saved with that encoding. If XML files are edited with some text editors and the encoding is not specified or does not match the actual file encoding, there may be problems when submitting these files for validation.

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