Available Until 7/5/2025

Standardize Your Research Data with the NIH Common Data Element Repository – On Demand*

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

Through demonstrations and hands-on exercises, this course will introduce you to common data elements (CDEs) and the NIH Common Data Element Repository (CDE-R). The course begins with an in-depth introduction to what CDEs are and examples of how researchers are already using them. Then, you’ll see how to search the repository and practice searching on your own.  

Consider attending this course if you: 

  • Want to standardize the data you collect so it can be easily shared with colleagues and other researchers 
  • Have been awarded a grant that requires the use of CDEs 
  • Have heard that CDEs can be part of a compliant data management and sharing plan 
  • Assist researchers with the research data management lifecycle 

Resource URL: https://www.nnlm.gov/training/class-catalog/standardize-your-research-data-nih-common-data-element-repository

Learning Objectives

  • Identify NIH-Endorsed CDEs in the CDE-R 
  • Locate a known CDE or form  
  • Locate CDEs or forms from a specific organization 
  • Use search terms and filters to find a CDE or form relevant to their research topic 
  • Export or save a CDE or form in order to incorporate it into their research 


  1. Defining CDEs and the CDE-R (20 minutes)  
  2. Preparing to Search (10 minutes) 
  3. Locating CDEs in the CDE-R (50 minutes) 
  4. Saving CDEs for Later (5 minutes)  
  5. How to Get Help (5 minutes) 

MLA CE Credits: 1.5