For organisations that are working on data standards or seeking to build their own data sets, it is worthwhile to be able to quickly extract large up-to-date data sets or data dictionaries. The benefits of XML extraction are many, mostly for its human and machine readable qualities, its flexibility and platform independence.
XML stands for Extensible Markup Language, which is a user-defined programming language used to combine the text (content) and other information (e.g. structure, layout).
It is able to be used across networks, platforms and devices. As an example, METeOR can have data standards stored on a website in HTML, or converted to Word or a PDF.
A tool named an API (Application Programming Interface) allows the selection of metadata in valid XML format and transfer it.