REDCap (https://redcap.partners.org/redcap) upgrades to v8.5.19 scheduled for Monday December 10th, 7:00AM EDT are complete. REDCap was offline from 7:00-8:05AM EDT.
This upgrade includes a number of new features and bug fixes. These include:
New feature: Smart Variables: Smart Variables are dynamic variables that can be used in calculated fields, conditional/branching logic, and piping. Similar to using project variable names inside square brackets - e.g., [heart_rate], Smart Variables are also represented inside brackets - e.g., [user-name], [survey-link], [previous-event-name][weight], or [heart_rate][previous-instance]. But instead of pointing to data fields, Smart Variables are context-aware and thus adapt to the current situation. Some can be used with field variables or other Smart Variables, and some are meant to be used as stand-alone. There are many possibilities.
35 Smart Variables are available. They can reference things with regard to users, records, forms, surveys, events/arms, or repeating instances. Documentation and examples for using Smart Variables are included on the Project Setup page, Online Designer, and other places throughout REDCap in a popup and alternatively as a standalone page.
Improvement: Added new "Record ID" column in the Survey Invitation Log table to allow users to find specific invitations more efficiently. Note: If the record name should not be displayed in order to preserve the anonymity of a response (e.g., participant identifier is not used, designated email field is not used), it will instead display an icon indicating that the record name cannot be displayed.
Improvement: The Survey Invitation Log now contains an extra column on the right-hand side to allow users to delete many scheduled invitations at once (rather than having to delete them one at a time).
New feature: Survey-specific email invitation fields: This is a new option on the Survey Settings page that can be enabled for any given survey, in which a user may designate an email field for sending survey invitations for that survey only.
This feature is similar to the project-level email invitation field except that it is employed only for the survey where it has been enabled. This allows users to have data entry workflows that require multiple surveys where the participant is different for each survey. Using this feature, multiple people can be emailed a survey invitation, after which all the survey data they enter goes into the same record in the project.
Improvement/change: New method for composing survey invitation text using Smart Variables for survey link: When composing a survey invitation, the standard text and survey link are no longer automatically appended to the survey invitation text at the time the email is sent. Instead, users must now specify all the entirety of the text of the email (including the stock text and survey link that used to be appended automatically, if they wish) and therefore must supply [survey-url] and/or [survey-link] in the text if they wish to provide the participant with a link to the survey.
Release notes highlighting new features, improvements, and major bug fixes are available here.
Full release notes available here.
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