It’s Open Access Week  24-30 October, with the theme “Open in Action”, and we’d like to pass on an invite from figshare to take part in their competition – you might win some swag and you will increase your research visibility in doing so!

Cranfield University publishes its research data outputs on CORD, which is powered by figshare for institutions. You can upload any data outputs (not just spreadsheets, but text, multimedia, and code, too), and it’s given a DOI (permanent link) for citation and linking. We then preserve it for as long as is required by the funders, generally at least 10 years for Research Council funded research.

There are lots of good reasons to publish your research data on CORD, such as making sure it complies with your research funding requirements and increasing your impact, but for OA Week, figshare are adding another – the chance to win a prize and gain a badge on your profile!

  1. Upload your data to CORD during Open Access Week (24-30 October).
  2. Use the keyword ‘OA Week 2016’ when filling in the required metadata.
  3. Publish it! It doesn’t matter what restrictions you place on your data – just be sure to publish it!

figshare will be pulling all the data with an ‘OA Week 2016’ keyword into a Collection for everyone to see, and will be giving prizes for the most shared data in the Collection. See their tips on sharing your data on social media, and their full post on the OA Week competition.

And if you’ve never used CORD before, don’t worry, it’s really easy! Take a look at and take advantage of the support we offer. Call our Research Data Manager, Georgina Parsons, on extension 4548 for a quick demo, or see our brief Using CORD pdf guide. Our VLE module on RDM includes a block on using CORD, too.


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