What is it

ACCORD (Assuring Controls Compliance of Research Data) gives researchers from public universities across the state of Virignia access to a single high-performance computing system capable of processing and storing de-identified sensitive data. This is especially important for schools that lack the financial, staffing, or technical resources for such systems. ACCORD is designed to encourage collaborative research partnerships across institutions by managing the risks associated with sensitive data sharing.

ACCORD is project-based, which means that investigators request access to the platform, create a project and populate it with co-investigators, import data, and then create and use disposable computing environments to perform their computational research.

Who can use it

This platform is open for approved academic research on sensitive data. Researchers from public universities across the state of Virginia are invited to request access. ACCORD is also open to researchers from other states who are working on COVID related projects.

ACCORD is appropriate for de-identified PII, FERPA, business confidential, and other types of sensitive data. More restrictive levels, such as CUI, FISMA, PCI cannot be satisfied.

How do I use it

ACCORD is entirely web-based, which means it can be easily accessed using a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari. Once you have created a project in ACCORD, you can perform computational research using one of the application environments. Currently we offer RStudio, JupyterLab, and Theia Python. More detailed information can be found in our User Guide

ACCORD offers no SSH, FTP, Remote Desktop, or VNC access.

Who runs it

The ACCORD project was developed by the Research Computing Group at the University of Virginia, under the management of the ACCORD Project Coordinator Will Rosenow and Ron Hutchins, Vice Provost of Academic Technology.