Introduction to Terra [October 2023]

Derek Caetano-Anolles
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On October 17th and 18th 2023, the Broad Institute's Data Sciences Platform presented a 2-day Introduction to Terra workshop, which walked participants through working and collaborating securely in Terra. Participants did hands-on activities introducing them to both workflows and interactive analyses on Terra.


The slides and additional materials are located in our public repository at Additionally, you can try the accompanying tutorial workspace

If you missed the webinar or would like to refresh your memory, please review the public repository.


Day 1

Tuesday, Oct 17 2023

11:00 am - 11:05 am


11:05 am - 11:45 am

Terra Overview & Platform Tour


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

11:45 am - 12:35 pm

Introduction to Workflows on Terra

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

12:35 pm - 12:50 pm 

Breakout exercise

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

Wrap up, Q&A


Day 2

Wednesday, Oct 18 2023 

11:00 am - 11:30 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.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Introduction to Interactive Analysis


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

12:30 am - 12:45 pm

Breakout exercises 


12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

Closing Remarks, Q&A

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