As it turns out, the Plague of 500 CE wasn’t so bad. How did a pandemic that purportedly wiped out half the Roman Empire get downgraded?

Someone took a hard look at the research data and published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Now, more than ever, data drives discovery and decisions. And good data is critical, capable of rewriting the history books. It also safeguards project funding and academic reputations.

The Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) maintains the highest standards of practices and data security through its Cornell Restricted Access Data Center (CRADC); thereby, bolstering Cornell’s social science and economic disciplines. The team at CISER took notice of the rising tide of interest in research with restricted data and in the increasing compliance requirements.

CISER saw the advantages of improving their data contract management process in order to scale their operations. Streamlining information gathering and tracking and, automating communication flow would help solidify CRADC’s position. After a lengthy analysis of the options available, CISER selected the Agiloft solution for its flexibility, security, and scalability.

“Details are critical for successful research data management,” CISER Secure Data Services Manager Elena Goloborodko said. “The Agiloft tool’s functionality effectively supports tracking all required information in one database. Recently, another Ivy League institution’s data security group reached out for input regarding managing their restricted data workflow.”

Elena and her team shared their experience with Agiloft—the contract management system that they tailored to their tracking of data use agreements, access approval protocols, user accounts, data inventory, project documentation, and reporting. The system was so intuitive and easily configurable that the administrators required no special training.

As data-based research continues to define the future and change the way we see the past, the method for managing that data becomes critical. Learn more about how the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research has customized the Agiloft solution to ensure their success, read the case study here.