Common Data Elements: Standardizing Data Collection
Class Experience Level

Making 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, and librarians and other information professionals can assist researchers in the use of CDEs. Whether you are a research data librarian or assist researchers in finding sources, this one-hour, self-paced course from the National Library of Medicine can help you understand how you can support the use of common data elements (CDEs) in creating FAIR data.


After completing this course, you will be able to:

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

Class Details

Platform: Moodle
CE Credits: 1.00
CE Categories: DSS Level 1
Class Experience Level: Beginner
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Class Contacts

Technical Assistance: Molly Knapp