Using CommCare forms in ODK Collect

Hi!

Im just about to start a new research project and my institution has a
secure server linked to ODK Collect for storing research data. We have been
told that we must use this server for all our mHealth needs.

I was REALLY hoping to build my forms in CommCare (because I love
CommCare), download the XML files, then upload to their ODK Collect
system… however, we did a trial with an old project form of mine and got
an error message about syntax.

Is it possible to do what Im suggesting? Is the CommCare XML file different
to the ODK Collect? Might it be multimedia images in my CommCare form that
are causing the problem? Or perhaps I’m supposed to do something like
deploy the whole project rather than download a form…?

Thanks for advice,

Best wishes,

Natasha

Hi Natasha - going to reach out to you offline about the server question to
better understand that.

In terms of the CommCare XML files, these are not compatible with ODK
Collect directly. Many features in CommCare are not supported by ODK
collect. It maybe that some files you can author in CommCare can be used
in ODK collect with slight modification. Unfortunately, though, it is not
supported so you would need to test through trial and error.

Regards,
Jonathan

··· On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 9:32 AM, Natasha Lelijveld < natasha.lelijveld@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi!

Im just about to start a new research project and my institution has a
secure server linked to ODK Collect for storing research data. We have been
told that we must use this server for all our mHealth needs.

I was REALLY hoping to build my forms in CommCare (because I love
CommCare), download the XML files, then upload to their ODK Collect
system… however, we did a trial with an old project form of mine and got
an error message about syntax.

Is it possible to do what Im suggesting? Is the CommCare XML file
different to the ODK Collect? Might it be multimedia images in my CommCare
form that are causing the problem? Or perhaps I’m supposed to do something
like deploy the whole project rather than download a form…?

Thanks for advice,

Best wishes,

Natasha


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Hi Natasha,

I agree with Jonathan that you’ll have to test things out a bit to see what
works. We have a page that outlines some of the compatibility issues when
taking a form built with XLSForm and using it in CommCare (
https://confluence.dimagi.com/display/commcarepublic/Use+Excel+to+Build+CommCare+Forms).
It may be that some of the same issues (multiple languages, labels) cause
issues when moving from CommCare to ODK Collect so that could be one place
to start (see the Known Limitations section)

Jeremy

··· On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 9:40 AM, Jonathan Jackson wrote:

Hi Natasha - going to reach out to you offline about the server question
to better understand that.

In terms of the CommCare XML files, these are not compatible with ODK
Collect directly. Many features in CommCare are not supported by ODK
collect. It maybe that some files you can author in CommCare can be used
in ODK collect with slight modification. Unfortunately, though, it is not
supported so you would need to test through trial and error.

Regards,
Jonathan

On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 9:32 AM, Natasha Lelijveld < natasha.lelijveld@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi!

Im just about to start a new research project and my institution has a
secure server linked to ODK Collect for storing research data. We have been
told that we must use this server for all our mHealth needs.

I was REALLY hoping to build my forms in CommCare (because I love
CommCare), download the XML files, then upload to their ODK Collect
system… however, we did a trial with an old project form of mine and got
an error message about syntax.

Is it possible to do what Im suggesting? Is the CommCare XML file
different to the ODK Collect? Might it be multimedia images in my CommCare
form that are causing the problem? Or perhaps I’m supposed to do something
like deploy the whole project rather than download a form…?

Thanks for advice,

Best wishes,

Natasha


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