Boiler Research Analysis for Social Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts has sponsored the development and creation of a secure research hub for all areas of the social sciences to perform data analysis and computing. The Boiler Research Analysis for Social Sciences (BRASS) is avaliable to any faculty researcher at Purdue to perform critical data analysis remotely from a server without the need to run data sets from a personal computer.


BRASS was created by the College of Liberal Arts to address the need of providing easy to use and readily available analysis tools for researchers in the Social Sciences.

Since it is a remote server, researchers can connect from either a PC or MAC anywhere on campus.  You can also connect from anywhere outside of campus through a secure VPN connection.  Jobs are started on the remote server and left running without taking up resources on the researcher’s local computer.

BRASS is intended to be a flexible and evolving platform to meet our researcher’s needs.  Our intent is to allow you more time to do your research instead of worrying about purchasing software and hardware.  We welcome feedback to add additional software, improve performance, collaborate, and share ideas.  Please let us know how we can help.

Secure BRASS

The Secure BRASS server is also available for research that includes data sets that must be accessed only within a secure environment.

Examples of restricted data: Protected Health Information (HIPAA/PHI); student data such as SSN, date of birth, grades/GPA/transcripts (FERPA); financial account information (GLBA); payment card information such as payment card number (PCI); government-restricted research data (ITAR, EAR); Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI, as indicated by Executive Order 13556); or third-party confidential or proprietary information.

As with the BRASS Server, Secure BRASS is available from anywhere on campus or from outside campus via a secure VPN connection.

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