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Homepage / Four ways of using CORD you may not know about

Four ways of using CORD you may not know about


You are hopefully already aware of the need to store your research data in CORD, Cranfield’s research data repository, but did you know that it can be used to manage other content as well?


You may have archived research available on internal servers that would benefit from being made publicly available. Archived content can be harvested into CORD using an API or you can contact for help. There is a great example of how Monash University migrated content, including theses, into its repository.

Conference materials

If you are hosting a conference, you may want to create a subgroup to publish its outputs. These can be presentations, posters, conference proceedings, recordings from the event, and more. If you have attendees from outside Cranfield University, you can configure a non-logged in submission workflow to accept submissions from external users. We have successfully done this ourselves when promoting the Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium (DSDS) at Shrivenham, and there are other good examples from the Technology for Independence conference and the University of Cape Town Open Data Day.


Whether it’s to display the outputs from a particular project or to enable assessment, collections can be used to group portfolios together. Some also include the documentation for assessment. Look at these three mini case studies showcasing research portfolios.

Private collaboration

CORD may also be a suitable platform for group projects involving multiple institutions. You can invite people from outside Cranfield University to a private project to collaborate and share data privately. If and when the project is ready to be shared more widely, you can make it publicly available.

Top tip!

There is new documentation on how to use an API to upload content to CORD using an existing DOI (permanent link) rather than creating a new one.


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Greg Simpson

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