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The NTDB would like to offer the latest version of the Software Developer’s Toolkit to states and developers to implement the NTDS XML into their product. This SDK update was posted on11/5/2013. Previous versions of the NTDS SDK may be found in the website archive.

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let you all know that the Validator / SDK for the 2015 Data Dictionary is now available for download at:


Following closely on the recent announcement of the 2015 NTDS Data Dictionary, the 2015 Validator is also ready. The zip file contains the usual assortment of artifacts including:

The “Technical” version of the Data Dictionary containing extra information from the XSD for each data element
  • The XSDs (one for NTDS and the other for NTDS+Process Measures)
  • XSD change logs
  • NTDS Programmers Guide
  • Test harness for command line validation
  • And of course this year’s new NTDSSDK.DLL and channel folders.

Please let me know if you have any issues or concerns with this release.


Contact Information regarding use of the Software Developer’s Toolkit:
Grant Dittmer
Project Manager, NTDS SDK
Digital Innovation
e-mail: NtdsSdkSupport@dicorp.com



The NTDS and NHTSA 2.2.1 Connection

The XML associated with NTDS is similar to the NHTSA 2.2.1 XML, characterizing standardized pre-hospital variables. The XSDs associated with pre-hospital variables in the NTDS exactly match the same variables in the NHTSA 2.2.1 data standard. This compatibility was designed to promote data exchange. The following link provides a document in which green variables demonstrate direct XML and XSD compatability when moving from NEMSIS to NTDS.  Yellow indicates variables in NEMSIS that could “inform” trauma registry abstractors, but no direct data transfer is possible (i.e., there is non-matching XML and XSDs).

Linked document developed by: David James Harden, JD; Trauma Program Coordinator; Arizona Department of Health Services