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Terra is a cloud-native platform for biomedical researchers to access data, run analysis tools, and collaborate.
Terra powers important scientific projects like FireCloud, AnVIL, and BioData Catalyst. Learn more.

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  • Setting Up a Service Account plus-icon minus-icon

    This article describes the process of creating and registering a service account, and sharing a workspace with this account.  A service account is a special type of account that’s used to give limited permissions within the scope of a specific se...
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  • Working with workspaces plus-icon minus-icon

    Workspaces are the building blocks of Terra - a dedicated space where you and your collaborators can access and organize the same data and tools and run analyses together. How do you fill your workspace with the right data and analysis tools for ...
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  • Reader, writer or owner? Workspace access controls, explained plus-icon minus-icon

    Terra workspaces have three access levels: READER, WRITER, and OWNER. Each access level represents an expanded set of permissions. READER Access A READER can: Enter the workspace and view its contents Clone the workspace Copy data and tools (wor...
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  • Start with curated sample workspaces for a variety of use-cases plus-icon minus-icon

    One of the best ways to get started in Terra is to explore Featured Workspaces, curated templates that span a variety of use cases. There's something for every researcher! Standardized for completeness and ease of use, they're great as templates o...
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  • How to clone a workspace plus-icon minus-icon

    "Cloning" a workspace makes you the owner, and allows you to experiment with code and data in your own copy of a workspace without running the risk of affecting a group workspace. Cloning also allows you to use a different Billing Project to cover...
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  • How to share a workspace plus-icon minus-icon

    "Sharing" a workspace allows collaborators to actively work together in the same project workspace. You can see what sorts of changes your colleagues are implementing, troubleshoot a workspace efficiently as a team, and delegate work. Important c...
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  • How to cite Terra plus-icon minus-icon

    One exciting Terra feature is the ability to share workspaces as part of the publication process. Publications and pre-prints can refer reviewers and/or peers to Terra-based resources, providing a simple route for researchers to explore each other...
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  • How to toggle notification of data added or changed in a workspace plus-icon minus-icon

    You may have seen emails with subjects like Terra: Data has been added to <workspace_name> workspace! and wish to no longer be notified of new additions of changes to the data of the workspace. There's a very simple way to toggle these notificatio...
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  • Documentation Best Practices (dashboards and notebooks) plus-icon minus-icon

    Clear and complete documentation is critical to making your work understandable and reproducible - for yourself, your team, and others. Below are Best Practice Guidelines - developed by the UX and User Ed teams - to help improve documentation in w...
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  • Feature Your Workspace! plus-icon minus-icon

    Have a well crafted workspace you'd like to share with the Terra community? Sign up to feature your workspace! Featuring a workspace means it will be made publicly readable to all Terra users and be listed in the Showcases and Tutorials page under...
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