We are happy to provide account to qualified requesters; however, for purposes of accounting and administration, these accounts must conform to the policies described on this site. These policies are enforced programmatically during the account creation process and cannot be overridden by administrators.
Definition of Affiliates
Affiliates are defined as members of the following groups:
Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS)
Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS)
Faculty members of FAS social science departments and research centers
Faculty members from Harvard's other schools in social science research
Sponsored, approved MIT faculty and their research assistants
If you are a member of an affiliated group but are pursuing research in a field outside of the social sciences, and are interested in using our services, please contact us. We can work with you to determine whether we can meet your research needs.
When you request an RCE account, usernames will conform to the following specifications:
Composed of the first initial followed by the first seven characters of the last name
No more than eight characters in length
No nonalphabetic characters
RCE account passwords must conform to the following restrictions:
At least eight characters in length
Not based on any common dictionary word
Contains at least two numbers
Contains at least two special (nonalphanumeric) characters
The Harvard PIN Service has helpful guidelines for picking a strong password.
New Account Requests
Please contact us for more information.
All RCE accounts have a renewal date; this is required by administrative and security best practices. Renewal dates are selected based on the estimated end times of users' projects. These can be adjusted as schedules change, though as a general rule accounts are up for renewal at least once every year. When you see an account renewal message, please respond to it. HMDC staff need to know whether you will require continued use of your account after the expiration date, and if so, for roughly how long.
Passwords to RCE accounts also have expiration dates, which are separate from the account renewal dates. Passwords expire every six months and must be changed to ensure uninterrupted access. When you see a password expiration message, please use the included link to change your password, or refer to Setting Your Password.
If you are unable to do so, please contact us and ask that your password be reset.