A data import option supports importing data files with new meta data and relevant case data that will be ignored during the import process, not imported and have no impact on the import. This new setting is great to use in projects, that for example, uses daily scheduled imports where only case data is imported as the import process will be successful even if the data file contains new questions/answers, with the current logic the import process stops in this scenario and no data is imported.


Example:
The meta data table below shows the questions and answers in a project:


The table below shows the questions and answers in a data file to be imported to the project. When applying the new option to ignore new meta data the questions and answers highlighted in red are ignored during the import as these do not exist in the project. The case data for these options is also ignored so if any respondent, for example, answered “4 Don’t know” in Q2 this respondent is imported as “missing” in Q2.



The option to ignore new meta data is available both in the manual import page and the scheduled import page, the option is only appearing when case data is imported only, not when Meta and Case data is imported.


Here we see the new option for ignoring new meta data in the manual import page. The option is only shown when importing case data only.


Here we see the new option for ignoring new meta data in the data import scheduler page. The option is only shown when importing case data only.