Skip to Main Content

Research data management

Research data management (RDM) refers to the administration of data throughout a research project, including requirements on preservation and sharing after the project ends.

Using the CORD data repository

No new data submissions to CORD: The content in our current system has now been frozen as we prepare to migrate it to a new one. CORD is still accessible to view existing data. Find out more about the project.

Getting an infinite loop on CORD? SSO login issues with Firefox 100

CORD (Cranfield Online Research Data) is our institutional data repository, where you should store any research data that must be preserved, if there is no appropriate funder or subject repository (e.g. NERC data centres). Fundamentally, remember that data must only be added to CORD with public access if you have the right to share it. 

To retrieve a DOI from CORD, open the item and click ‘Cite’ and then click ‘Copy DOI’. Please use the DOI exactly as copied in CORD when submitting with any publication to your publisher.

For how-to questions, please see our information sheet on using CORD, with practical tips on getting started. Our Research Data Manager has also written a presentation on how to securely store your supporting data on CORD. Our RDM module on the VLE includes a block on CORD and is available to all staff and students. You can also read posts about best practice on CORD on our blog.​


  • UKRI funded projects: add your research data to CORD, publishing it at the same time as your findings (you can reserve a DOI earlier, for easier linking from your articles).
  • Joint UKRI and commercially funded projects: add your research data to CORD if you have the right to do so; otherwise add a record to CORD describing the data outputs (this is notably an EPSRC requirement), either without the data or with the data but with access restrictions applied. IP and other potential barriers to sharing should be discussed in your data management plan and raised early with the Research Data Manager so the right level of access can be agreed.
  • Purely commercially funded projects: there is no requirement to add this data to CORD. If it is of high value/impact with reuse potential, it may still need secure long-term preservation and/or sharing, if there are no commercial or legal barriers. Discuss with the Research Data Manager so the right solution can be found.
  • Collaborative projects (with other HEIs): it should be agreed early on in the project, usually in the data management plan, who handles long-term preservation of data. If the PI is not at Cranfield but we are expected to preserve/share the data, highlight the storage needs with the Research Data Manager as early as possible.
  • Sensitive projects (e.g. with the MOD or commercial partners): if there is no funder requiring data preservation and sharing, this data should not be put on CORD, but destroyed or held securely elsewhere as agreed in any contracts. If preferred and possible, a metadata-only record can be added to CORD without providing access to the data, but still providing visibility or ‘marketing’ of our important and impactful research outputs. CORD should never be used for storing any Government Security Classified data.

Publishing other outputs on CORD

CORD isn't just for data, but can be used for publishing white papers, reports, conference outputs, and more. Everything deposited gets a DOI for long-term citeability and you get metrics for its use; you can also create collections to showcase a group of content.