The Cambridge Integrated Data Environment, or CAM:IDE, is a collection of web-based systems networked together to provide centralised and standardised management of research data.  It is designed to provide an easily accessible ‘one stop shop’ for the collection, manipulation and archiving of research data and is suitable for projects with 10 to 10,000 subjects.

Each of the software packages that make up the CAM:IDE is designed for collecting a specific types of research data, but are networked together in what’s known as a ‘technology stack’.  The components of the CAM:IDE are easily configurable and no advanced IT skills or steep learning curves are required to use the system.  We encourage researchers to design and set up their own studies on the CAM:IDE and users have direct access to your data, without having to rely on the CAM:IDE Team for downloads.  We are of course on hand to help and support you!

Development of the CAM:IDE has been a joint venture between the Departments of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience and the system is free to use for their members.


REDCap has been designed specifically to collect data for academic research projects.  Users can configure databases for their projects with minimal training, leaving them in control of their own data and without having to rely on programmers/administrators at any stage, though support is always available from the CAM:IDE Team.


CMS has been designed to manage participants in studies of any size.  The CMS provides an easy way to keep personal (identifiable) data secure and separate form research data and gives facilities for preparing personalised correspondence, GP letters, and SMS reminders for appointments, as well as audit trials, contact logs etc, to comply with GCP requirements.


XNAT is a medical imaging data storage system designed specifically for academia. It is a flexible system capable of receiving data direct from Scanning Centres, and can be used to control and automate the analysis process.