Data elements

The app API to work with the data elements associated with an instance

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A data element consist of two parts; its metadata document and the actual data blob. This API work primarily with the blob while keeping the metadata document updated.



Get data

Endpoint for downloading the data blob.

GET basePath/{dataGuid}
Accept: application/{xml/json}

The response will depend on the type of blob. There are currently 2 primary types; form data based on a model and attachments. The Accept header is considered only when the requested data element is connected to a data model. The header is then used to pick a serializer for the data.

Response with form data

A response with form data will either be a json or xml serialized version of the data model depending on the Accept header in the request. The value application/xml will result in an XML document and the value application/json will result inn a JSON document.

Response with instance attachment

A response with a file attachment will be a file stream. Content-Type will be the same as the original value given when the file was uploaded. The same is true for the file name.

Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=cute_cat.png; filename*=UTF-8''cute_cat.png
Content-Length: 16994
Content-Type: image/png

Upload data

Endpoint for uploading a new data element on a specific instance.

POST basePath?dataType={data type name}

The dataType parameter is required and should reference one of the data types defined on the application. Data types with an appLogic property are linked to a form and will have data validation and calculation rules associated with them. Submitted data will be deserialized from application/xml or application/json based on the content-type of the request. Data types without an appLogic property will be handeled as an attachment and streamed directly to storage.

Uploading form data as application/json

Content-Type: application/json

    "dataFormatProvider": "SERES",
    "dataFormatId": "5703",
    "dataFormatVersion": "34553",
    "Tjenesteeier": null,
    "Kontaktperson": {
        "navn": "Sophie Salt",
        "epost": "1337@altinnstudiotestusers.com",
        "telefonnummer": "90001337"
    "OEnsketBruk": null

Uploading form data as application/xml

Content-Type: application/xml

<BliTjenesteeier_M xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" dataFormatProvider="SERES" dataFormatId="5703" dataFormatVersion="34553">
        <navn>Sophie Salt</navn>

Uploading an attachment

Most web api client frameworks will have support for creating a valid file upload request for binary data.

Content-Type: application/pdf
Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=receipt.pdf; filename*=UTF-8''receipt.pdf
Content-Length: 16994

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Response example

The endpoint returns the data element metadata document that was created.

    "id": "692ee7df-82a9-4bba-b2f2-c8c4dac69aff",
    "instanceGuid": "762011d1-d341-4c0a-8641-d8a104e83d30",
    "dataType": "default",
    "contentType": "application/xml",
    "blobStoragePath": "org/app/762011d1-d341-4c0a-8641-d8a104e83d30/data/692ee7df-82a9-4bba-b2f2-c8c4dac69aff",
    "selfLinks": {
        "apps":   "{appPath}/instances/347829/762011d1-d341-4c0a-8641-d8a104e83d30/data/692ee7df-82a9-4bba-b2f2-c8c4dac69aff",
        "platform": "{storagePath}/instances/347829/762011d1-d341-4c0a-8641-d8a104e83d30/data/692ee7df-82a9-4bba-b2f2-c8c4dac69aff"
    "filename": "default.xml",
    "created": "2019-03-06T15:00:23Z",
    "createdBy": "org23",
    "lastChanged": "2019-03-07T15:00:23Z",
    "lastChangedBy": "org23",
    "size": 20001,
    "locked": false

Replace data

Endpoint for replacing the content of an existing data element with new data. The new data must match the data type of the data element it is replacing.

PUT basePath/{dataGuid}

The endpoint works exactly like the endpoint for uploading a new data element.

Delete data

Endpoint for deleting an existing data element. It is currently not possible to delete the data for a form this way.

DELETE basePath/{dataGuid}