[2023 Mar] Introduction to FireCloud

Anton Kovalsky
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On March 7th and 8th, the Broad Institute's Data Sciences Platform presented a 2-day Introduction to FireCloud-powered-by-Terra workshop, which walked participants through working and collaborating securely in FireCloud. Participants did hands-on activities introducing them to both workflows and interactive analyses on FireCloud.


The slides and FireCloud registration materials are at broad.io/FireCloud101_2303. Additionally, you can try the accompanying tutorial workspace

If you missed the webinar or would like to refresh your memory, you can access recordings of the first day and the second day on our YouTube channel.


Day 1

Tuesday, March 7

10:00 am - 10:05 am


10:05 am - 10:45 am

Firecloud Overview & Platform Tour


An overview of Firecloud functionality and introduction to the platform at a high level. 

10:45 am - 11:35 am

Introduction to Workflows on Firecloud

  Using WDL scripts, you will run a workflow and learn the basics of troubleshooting.

11:35 am - 11:50 am 

Breakout exercise

11:50 am - noon

Wrap up, Q&A


Day 2

Wednesday, March 8 

10:00 am - 10:30 am 

Workflows wrap up


Accessing and using data in the cloud; During this section you will pull data into a workspace and build a data model.

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Introduction to Interactive Analysis


Using Jupyter Notebooks, you will perform some interactive plotting on publicly accessible data.

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Breakout exercises 


11:50 am - noon

Closing Remarks, Q&A

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