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Accessing, organizing, and managing data in a cloud-native platform

  • TCGA Controlled Access Data Workspaces plus-icon minus-icon

    Requirements to access TCGA Controlled Access Data Workspaces To use Controlled Access data in Terra, you must: 1. Have an eRA Commons or NIH account with dbGaP authorization. Go here for instructions to set up an eRA Commons or NIH account with d...
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  • Uploading to a workspace Google bucket plus-icon minus-icon

    There are several options for adding data to your workspace Google bucket.This article outlines four options for uploading data to your bucket. Your use case and familiarity will likely determine which you will want to use. Contents Upload and do...
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  • Managing data with the data table plus-icon minus-icon

    Workspace data tables (in the"DATA" tab) are a convenient way to reference and organize attributes from different sources (including output files from previous analysis). Attributes can be links to data files, but can also include list files, arra...
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  • How to import metadata to a workspace data table plus-icon minus-icon

    You can import metadata into your workspace data table by either copying from an existing workspace or importing a file. This article walks through both options.  Contents Copying from an existing workspace Importing a table file Uploading an arr...
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  • Accessing and analysing custom cohorts with Data Explorer plus-icon minus-icon

    Many of the datasets hosted by Terra include integrated Data Explorer interfaces, useful for generating and exporting custom cohorts. You can access the Data Explorers (for datasets that have them) from the Dataset Library by clicking "Browse data...
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  • Broad Genomics: Downloading data from a Terra workspace plus-icon minus-icon

    This document describes ways users can retrieve data from the Broad’s Terra platform. Please refer to the documents for setting up a Google App Account (setting up a Google account with a non-Gmail address) and Terra Account if you have not yet re...
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  • Where's the link for a file in a workspace Google bucket? plus-icon minus-icon

    A link for a file has two parts: the google bucket ID + filename. 1. Find your Google bucket id rom the workspace home page Click on the clipboard icon at the bottom right to copy the path name to your clipboard: The path will have the format “fs...
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  • Using "Requester Pays" workspaces/buckets plus-icon minus-icon

    Requester Pays is an optional  Google setting for data stored on the Google Cloud Platform. It allows dataset owners to make data accessible to everyone without having to pay every time someone reads or copies the data from a different region. Th...
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  • Converting common genomics file formats plus-icon minus-icon

    When you need to convert various sequencing file formats to GATK analysis-ready input formats, we've got you covered.  This curated workspace has tools and instructions for converting the following formats so you can use your data in GATK analysis...
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  • Understanding Entity Types plus-icon minus-icon

    Workflows on Terra handle inputs in one of five ways, based on the category the samples - or "entities" - fall in to. This article will help you understand some of the technical details surrounding the five root entity types.  What are the differ...
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