Updating CSV files without reloading forms?

Hi,

I have started using external CSV files uploaded as media to draw my selection lists from. My question is, is it possible to update these lists should something change e.g. there is another name to add to a multiple choice list? The problem we have had in the past is that every time we need to add a new entry to the multiple choice list we have to load a new version of the form. Is there a way to update or replace media files?

Thanks!

Don't think you can without re-downloading the forms. Perhaps your
team could contribute this feature?

Yaw

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On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 10:13 AM, bvodkdemo@gmail.com victoria@blueventures.org wrote:

Hi,

I have started using external CSV files uploaded as media to draw my selection lists from. My question is, is it possible to update these lists should something change e.g. there is another name to add to a multiple choice list? The problem we have had in the past is that every time we need to add a new entry to the multiple choice list we have to load a new version of the form. Is there a way to update or replace media files?

Thanks!

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I had a similar question and tried to add a version column in the XLS form but did not have luck. What I did was add a column in the settings tab named version. Then I assigned a file with the version number 1. I updated the file and renamed version 2. I tried to replace and got an error message. Are there more detailed instructions on how to do this anywhere?

Thanks,
Jen

··· On Friday, August 7, 2015 at 8:13:24 AM UTC-7, bvod...@gmail.com wrote: > Hi, > > I have started using external CSV files uploaded as media to draw my selection lists from. My question is, is it possible to update these lists should something change e.g. there is another name to add to a multiple choice list? The problem we have had in the past is that every time we need to add a new entry to the multiple choice list we have to load a new version of the form. Is there a way to update or replace media files? > > Thanks!

You can always update or revise any of the media files by simply
re-uploading the exact same form definition with the new media file.

However, on the ODK Collect side, it may not properly download and process
the CSV unless you have changed the version number of the form (to
communicate that something has changed). We never documented the details
of that behavior, and I don't remember how it works.

It is easy to change the version number of a form (you don't need to delete
the form or any of the data already collected).

THis is described here: https://opendatakit.org/help/form-design/guidelines/

Search for 'version' on that page

( It is apparently missing from the XLSForm.org site )

··· On Sat, Aug 8, 2015 at 8:10 AM, Yaw Anokwa wrote:

Don't think you can without re-downloading the forms. Perhaps your
team could contribute this feature?

Yaw

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On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 10:13 AM, bvodkdemo@gmail.com victoria@blueventures.org wrote:

Hi,

I have started using external CSV files uploaded as media to draw my
selection lists from. My question is, is it possible to update these lists
should something change e.g. there is another name to add to a multiple
choice list? The problem we have had in the past is that every time we need
to add a new entry to the multiple choice list we have to load a new
version of the form. Is there a way to update or replace media files?

Thanks!

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Perhaps i'm missing something but if you reload the exact same form definition you get a message saying the form already exists. Is there a way of replacing this without deleting the data?

Also adding a different version, is this possible when using excel and then converting into XML?

··· On Saturday, 8 August 2015 16:10:56 UTC+1, Yaw Anokwa wrote: > Don't think you can without re-downloading the forms. Perhaps your > team could contribute this feature? > > Yaw > -- > Need ODK services? http://nafundi.com provides form design, server > setup, professional support, and software development for ODK. > > On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 10:13 AM, bvodkdemo@gmail.com wrote: > > Hi, > > > > I have started using external CSV files uploaded as media to draw my selection lists from. My question is, is it possible to update these lists should something change e.g. there is another name to add to a multiple choice list? The problem we have had in the past is that every time we need to add a new entry to the multiple choice list we have to load a new version of the form. Is there a way to update or replace media files? > > > > Thanks! > > > > -- > > -- > > Post: opendatakit@googlegroups.com > > Unsubscribe: opendatakit+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com > > Options: http://groups.google.com/group/opendatakit?hl=en > > > > --- > > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "ODK Community" group. > > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to opendatakit+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. > > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.

It can't be the exact same form. It has to have a different version
number. It's recommended you use strings of the form: 'yyyymmddrr'
e.g., 2015012901 (the 1st revision on January 29, 2015. Search for
version at https://opendatakit.org/help/form-design/guidelines/ to
understand why.

To add to XLSForm, add a "version" header to the settings sheet (e.g.,
C1). Put the version number right below (e.g., C2).

Yaw

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On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 7:05 AM, bvodkdemo@blueventures.org victoria@blueventures.org wrote:

Perhaps i'm missing something but if you reload the exact same form definition you get a message saying the form already exists. Is there a way of replacing this without deleting the data?

Also adding a different version, is this possible when using excel and then converting into XML?

On Saturday, 8 August 2015 16:10:56 UTC+1, Yaw Anokwa wrote:

Don't think you can without re-downloading the forms. Perhaps your
team could contribute this feature?

Yaw

Need ODK services? http://nafundi.com provides form design, server
setup, professional support, and software development for ODK.

On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 10:13 AM, bvodkdemo@gmail.com victoria@blueventures.org wrote:

Hi,

I have started using external CSV files uploaded as media to draw my selection lists from. My question is, is it possible to update these lists should something change e.g. there is another name to add to a multiple choice list? The problem we have had in the past is that every time we need to add a new entry to the multiple choice list we have to load a new version of the form. Is there a way to update or replace media files?

Thanks!

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