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Homepage / A year of success – happy birthday CORD!

A year of success – happy birthday CORD!


Photo of a cake with candles spelling 'happy birthday'

You may have happy memories of our launch party one year ago, when Cranfield Online Research Data, CORD, was launched on the Shrivenham and Cranfield Campuses. To celebrate CORD’s first birthday, we thought it would be nice to share with you some of our data successes from the year.

CORD has been growing fast…

  • There are over 150 items on CORD with Transport Systems currently top of the theme leaderboard with 79 items.
  • The most downloaded item over the last six months is 108.5 LPG with 500 overwrite 5s cycles by Matthew Partridge with 207 full item downloads.
  • 70 researchers are now represented on CORD as uploaders or authors.
  • The most common use of CORD is of course to publish data underpinning a publication (a requirement for RCUK-funded research). A popular one is “Multi-parameter measurements using optical fibre long period gratings for indoor air quality monitoring” at with 70 downloads.
  • CORD was also used to publish the outputs of the 2016 Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium (DSDS), and is likely to be used again for the 2017 DSDS. The collection of conference papers, poster presentations, and 3 Minute Theses, at shows almost 700 views of the collection as a whole, and 10-51 downloads of each item therein.

And the RDM service has also been growing…

It’s certainly been a busy year! Over the last 12 months we’ve:

  • had 60 staff one-to-ones;
  • been on 24 roving sessions;
  • received 89 enquiries;
  • been at various researcher support events throughout the year;
  • published 38 RDM blog posts;
  • run 10 “Introduction to RDM” training sessions for c145 attendees;
  • run 8 “How to write a DMP” sessions for c80 attendees;
  • run 12 “Hands-on CORD training” sessions for 99 attendees;
  • launched an RDM module on the VLE.

So we’ll raise our glasses to CORD – happy first birthday! – and here’s to another successful year of research data management at Cranfield University!


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Written By: Georgina Parsons

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