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Kwest ReBrand

February 27, 2015

MŌDERAS is proud to announce Kwest now has a fetching new look!

 

Don't worry, just becasue we've changed the look doesn't mean you won't still get the relevent results you expect from Kwest.  So if you're tired of wasting time sorting through irrelevant funding opportunities--sign up for your free Kwest account today! Sign Up Here.

MŌDERAS Releases CitiConnect

 

February 18, 2015

MŌDERAS is proud to announce CitiConnect; integrating your CITI Program™ with our eRA solutions.  Institutions now have the means to track and report on their staff’s training.

 

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at the University of Miami is a leading provider of research education content.  The CITI Program’s content addresses the needs of the entire research team: investigators, students, technicians, and administrators.  CITI’s instructional content offers curricula in human subjects research, animal research, and the responsible conduct of research, often clustering content according to subject matter, disciplinary audience, or regulatory focus.

 

MŌDERAS takes the lead on integrating the CITI and the Kuali Coeus™ platform by creating an integration that imports CITI training records directly into your eRA platform. 


“This is one the kind of development that we at MŌDERAS excel at.  It’s a simple enough integration, but it’ll make people’s lives a lot easier! That’s always our focus: simple clean design that really improves the daily activities of our community” said Chris Thompson, President of MŌDERAS.

 

CitiConnect Features:

  • Automatically connects to training records from the CITI Program™

  • Creates CITI training courses locally

  • Imports the training records of your staff

  • Shows Pass/Fail results based on course requirements and staff scores

  • Tracks pending training not yet completed

  • Enhanced maintenance to support CITI data

  • View individual staff training on IRB and IACUC protocols (soon to be added to Proposals, Awards, and COI)

  • Staff receive escalating warnings for courses renewals

  • Email notifications are sent to the system administrator providing detailed results of the CITI import

 

About the CITI Program™

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) at the University of Miami is a leading provider of research education content. Our web-based training materials serve millions of learners at academic institutions, government agencies, and commercial organizations in the U.S. and around the world. For more information about the CITI Program click here.

About MŌDERAS

MŌDERAS specializes in web based electronic research administration (eRA) solutions developed on the open source Kuali Coeus™ (KC) platform. Leading you forward, beyond software selection by creating a fully modular, end-to-end solution that doesn’t sacrifice functionality to be cost effective. Our solutions will ultimately afford you the ability to meet your specific and ever-changing research administration needs.  MŌDERAS has the products you need and the services you want for more effective and efficient eRA solutions.

 

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MŌDERAS Partners with AbsoluteResearch™ to Release ReKwest

MŌDERAS Partners with AbsoluteResearch™ to Release ReKwest

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

MŌDERAS is proud to announce ReKwest; a simple, intuitive, and dynamic search tool allowing access to relevant compliance guidance, regulations, FAQs, court cases, and warning letters from OHRP, FDA, CDC, NIH, DOD, DOE, and more.  Research Administrators finally have the means to tackle the complex questions, situations, and uncertainties they face daily.

ReKwest is the brainchild of Rebecca Ballard; IRB Director at a children’s hospital by day and founder of Absolute Research by night (and weekends); “ReKwest was born out of sheer necessity, I needed a way to find information quickly and to efficiently answer investigators questions, write policies, and asses risks.”

Ballard effortlessly recounts the old methods, so familiar to us all, when trying to hunt-down supporting compliance documentation--printing documents and placing them on a shelf, only to collect dust and be out of date by the time we look at them again, or saving countless links on the web…only to have OHRP or the FDA redo their website as ‘Page Not Found’ flashes on the screen.  Helplessly watching countless hours of labor lost. 

Ballard, stated her ah-ha moment was, reciting the now famous Shark Tank phrase, “there must be a better way!”  Ballard continued, “once I saw Moderas’ Kwest product (search tool for funding opportunities), I knew that together we could create something that would help others struggling with the same things I was.”

ReKwest was launched at this year’s PRIM&R AER14 conference.  Where we asked, “How do you find the critical compliance guidelines you need for the decisions you face daily?”   

ReKwest efficiently analyzes difficult to find and seemingly unrelated pieces of data instantly.  No more scouring the Internet with hopes of finding reliable answers. With ReKwest, simply type in descriptive terms for your issue and retrieve relevant results from a multitude of authoritave sources.

Get answers needed to assemble a corrective action plan, prepare for possible audits by reviewing previous auditor determinations, and inform investigators and administration about non-compliant actions by showing audit findings based on similar behavior.  Learn from the mistakes of others and generate consistency in the decision-making process making more accurate, timely, and informed decisions resulting in better overall outcomes.

Chris Thompson, President of Moderas stated “It was simple for us, really--it was a no brainer --there’s nothing out there like this!  [ReKwest] is a simple tool that will drastically enhance consistency in the decision-making process making more accurate, timely, informed decisions resulting in better overall outcomes. It’s a welcome addition to our suite of simple, clean solutions that help solve the problems research administrators face daily.”

About Absolute Research

Absolute Research is guided by the philosophy of providing the highest protections for human research participants in practicable ways. Our mission is to provide Easy-to-Use solutions to tackle the challenges and regulatory pitfalls Investigators and Research Administrators face daily. Click here to learn more about us.

About MŌDERAS

MŌDERAS specializes in web based electronic research administration (eRA) solutions developed on the open source Kuali Coeus™ (KC) platform. Leading you forward, beyond software selection by creating a fully modular, end-to-end solution that doesn’t sacrifice functionality to be cost effective. Our solutions will ultimately afford you the ability to meet your specific and ever-changing research administration needs.  MŌDERAS has the products you need and the services you want for more effective and efficient eRA solutions.

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Moderas Partners with the Ariah Group

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Moderas Partners with the Ariah Group

Moderas, the premiere provider of solutions for research institutions, is proud to announce our partnership with the Ariah Group.

 

"We believe the Ariah Group is the future of the original goals of the Kuali community, and that's something we want to be a part of," said Chris Thompson, President of Moderas.  "We're excited about their vision and the opportunity to partner with an organization that understands the value of open source and what commercial vendors can offer on a level playing field."

 

When organizations work together they become a powerful engine for innovation and growth.  The Ariah Group is building an impressive community around this product suite, and there seems to be asignificant amount of positive energy around them. Moderas is committing to providing support for the Ariah Research and Ariah Core Platform products.

 

"Moderas has been providing top-notch services and solutions to research institutions for years," stated Chris Thompson. "Partnering with the Ariah Group is part of the next generation of our vision and goals."

 

 

About Us

Moderas specializes in web based electronic research administration (eRA) solutions developed on the open source Kuali Coeus™ (KC) platform. Leading you forward, beyond software selection by creating a fully modular, end-to-end solution that doesn't sacrifice functionality to be cost effective. Our solutions will ultimately afford you the ability to meet your specific and ever-changing research administration needs.  Moderas has the products you need and the services you want for more effective and efficient eRA solutions. Kuali Coeus is a registered trademark of the Kuali Foundation.  Want to know more about us? Click here for more information.

 

 

About The Ariah Group

The Ariah Group is a nonprofit dedicated to open source. Their mission is to deliver software and associated systems, tools, designs, services, and components that collectively work together to support the needs of institutions. The Ariah community is open to participants of all kinds.  The focus will be to deliver quality open source products for Student, Finance, Library, Research, Human Resources, and Continuity Planning. Want to know more about The Ariah Group click here for more information.

 

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The Kuali.com transition...

 

How does Kuali.com affect us?

It's been a little over a month since the Kuali Foundation announced its strategy of creating a for profit commercial entity (KualiCo) and there's been a lot of talk about the transition.

We, like many of you, bought into the notion what’s good for the goose is good for the gander;that improving the Kuali product would improve research administration as a whole and therefore our own overall success.  Today is no different. We still believe that improving electronic research administration (eRA) solutions will improve research administration as a whole and therefore our own overall success.  And yes, Kuali Coeus (KC) is still the best eRA platform available.

However, there are significant changes afoot that may have you questioning the new direction…

Carl Straumsheim  said it best on Inside Higher Ed, “…some people in academe have walked away almost with a sense of betrayal, as if Kuali would spend a decade criticizing profit-driven companies only to become one of them.”

 

So what’s really different?

1.    The Kuali Foundation will continue to provide access to their source code under the new licensing. However, the Foundation has stated that there will be limitations on what is released.  At Educause it was announced that multi-tenancy will not be available in the distributed code so there may be more limitations planned as this is a shift from their August 22nd position. There are numerous open source licensing options available. The Foundation will move new versions of KC and the rest of the Kuali Suite from an ECL license to an AGPL3 license. This essentially requires that any source code changes be ‘given back’ to the copyright owner who is now KualiCo.  Read more about Open Source Licenses here.

 

2.    The new licensing model also means that there is now (or will be soon) an official way to report modifications of the source code back to KualiCo. When you customize KC out of the box to accommodate your specific institutional needs, those changes are required to be reported back to KualiCo.  KualiCo can then decide if your changes will enhance their overall product and can choose to adopt your changes into a future release.  MŌDERAS has been excited about this specific approach for years as we’ve made numerous enhancements for our clientele. It’s unfortunate that the Foundation was unable to make this happen in their current model, but we believe that this could ultimately serve the greater community.

 

3.    KualiCo will now be generating revenue from paid professional services such as hosting, certifications, and other functions that were previously in the Kuali Commercial Affiliates (KCA) space such as implementation, training, and support. Having at least four options (including FastTrak) for hosting your Kuali products will enhance the market keeping the cost of Kuali low and functionality in its prime.

 

4.    Overall increase in responsive support allowing MŌDERAS to be more proactive to our customers’ needs.  With the new licensing in place (see No. 1 above) Moderas can now support your entire eRA solution and will not need to wait for the Foundation to make repairs and modifications to the source code. The previous community model was somewhat restrictive; this is a welcome adjustment.

 

Why the KC platform is still the best option for you?

#1 Validation: KC is still the best eRA platform out there!  It remains a cradle-to-grave research administration system to better assist faculty researchers in every stage of the grant management process.  Based off the proven MIT’s Coeus solution, Kuali Coeus was built by research administrators for research administrations.  Available modules include pre-award, post award, subawards, COI, IRB, IACUC, and negotiations. It’s also the most widely adopted eRA system available to date.

 

#2 User Experience:  MŌDERAS and at least two current providers have made varying levels of enhancements to the user interface to improve users’ experience with the Kuali systems. We continue to be responsive to the market and believe the most successful solution(s) will be based on the needs of the research community.

 

#3 Speed: Make Kuali outcomes happen faster! Since the announcement we’ve made over sixty enhancements to Kuali Coeus and that number will double in the coming weeks.  We’re no longer restricted by waiting for new releases; we’re taking the ball and running with it.

 

#4 Growth:  This new opportunity will allow for exponential growth of the product. Unshackling the software by the Foundation stepping back from the product and allowing their commercial entity to drive functionality will allow other companies such as MŌDERAS to do the same. In the short term this may mean there are more Kuali offerings, but that choice will allow the community to thrive in a way never before possible.  The best solutions at the best price will be the ones that rise to the top. Move beyond software selection by creating a fully modular, end-to-end solution that doesn’t sacrifice functionality to be cost effective. 

 

What is next for MŌDERAS?

Our mission has not changed. We still believe that an institution’s size, research dollar amount, or number of staff should not be barriers to work more effectively and efficiently.  That ALL research administrators should have the tools they need to succeed.  For many that vision does not include adopting a suite of products.  Rather, utilizing the assets already in place and simply adopting solutions that can enhance, complement, and support their day to day activities.  To read more about our mission and corporate values please click here.

 

We feel the change in direction of the Foundation unfortunately puts us in direct competition with both them and KualiCo rather than supporting one another.   Therefore we will no longer continue to be a Kuali Commercial Affiliate.  That being said, we will continue to support the research administration community helping with implementations, training, and support.  We will still drive new products such as FastTrak, TurboGrants, ReKoncile, and Kwest to enhance system productivity and address usability issues to ease the burden of research administration.  We will always provide free monthly webinars on system usage and answer questions on the current listservs to support Kuali. We will be making changes to our approach as necessary given this new environment, but we’re very excited about what the future holds in store.

 

We wish KualiCo and the Kuali Foundation much success in their endeavors and feel strongly that the Kuali products will be highly successful.

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