Available Until 5/9/2025

Common Data Elements: Standardizing Data Collection*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Robin Taylor at NLMTrainers@nih.gov

Making research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) starts well before data collection. Designing studies with common data elements (CDEs) can enable data sharing and reuse. Librarians and other information professionals have an important role in educating and assisting researchers in the use of CDEs.  

Whether you are a research data librarian or support research in other ways, this one-hour, self-paced course from the National Library of Medicine will show you how to use common data elements (CDEs) to support FAIR data. 

Resource URL: https://nnlm.gov/training/class-catalog/common-data-elements-standardizing-data-collection

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Explain what we mean by making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) 
  2. Define and describe Common Data Elements (CDEs) 
  3. Interpret the roles for librarians related to CDEs, and identify repositories that would be relevant to these roles 
  4. Describe the National Library of Medicine’s role in supporting CDEs 


The course modules include: 

  • Why the Need for Common Data Elements? (10 minutes) 
  • FAIR Data (15 minutes) 
  • Common Data Elements (CDEs) (20 minutes) 
  • NLM and Common Data Elements (15 minutes) 

MLE Credits: 1.0