Secure and Restricted Data

The Center is Cornell’s home for secure data services. From the Regulated Research Environment to the Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC), CCSS is the place to turn when you need to work with sensitive data. Get in touch with Secure Data Services if you are interested in learning more about the data.

The Regulated Research Environment provides customized secure computing environments for working with restricted research data, meeting the individual requirements of each data provider. The majority of restricted access data can be remotely accessed using the Regulated Research Environment computing environment, which securely houses a vast range of restricted and confidential data. The Regulated Research Environment operates completely behind its own firewall with its own private domain. The Secure Standalone Enclave is used for restricted data that must be contained within a closed, non-networked environment with no printing or data transfer abilities, in a locked room.

The Cornell FSRDC is one of 30 Federal Statistical Research Data Centers, part of a network managed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Researchers with approved projects are able to access confidential internal use files from various federal statistical agencies including the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Center for Health Statistics. For a more complete listing of data available at the FSRDC, see their website.

Nielsen Datasets

The Nielsen datasets at the Kilts Center for Marketing is a relationship between the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Nielsen Company and makes comprehensive marketing datasets available to academic researchers around the world. The CCSS Regulated Research Environment houses the datasets for Cornell’s subscription. Interested researchers should begin the process of applying to use the datasets with Cornell Research Services and requesting new project space on the Regulated Research Environment.

These marketing datasets are available (more information is available on the Nielsen website):

  • Consumer Panel Data - The Consumer Panel Data comprise a representative panel of households that continually provide information about their purchases in a longitudinal study in which panelists stay on as long as they continue to meet Nielsen’s criteria.
  • Retail Scanner Data - Retail Scanner Data consist of weekly pricing, volume, and store environment information generated by point-of-sale systems from more than 90 participating retail chains across all US markets.
  • Ad Intel Data - Nielsen's Ad Intel Data cover advertising occurrences for a variety of media types across the United States, starting in 2010 and including annual updates.
  • PanelView Surveys - Complementary to the Consumer Panel Data, the Panel Views surveys contain additional data about households and their members.

In addition to the restricted Nielsen data, Cornell faculty and students have access to a limited subset of Nielsen Retail Scanner data. You must login with your netID and sign the Adobe signature page before you will be granted access.


The CCSS collaborates with the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the German Federal Employment Agency enabling approved researchers to securely access confidential administrative microdata on labor markets. These resources are available to any researcher approved by IAB, no affiliation with Cornell is required.

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The Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) is a member consortium of major research universities hosted at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. IRIS collects administrative data from its members for research and reporting to understand, explain and improve the public value of research. Its mission is to be a trusted resource for high quality data that supports independent, frontier research on science and innovation in the service of the public interest. To learn more, visit the IRIS website.