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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.

Start here to learn how to transition your work to the cloud on Terra. This section includes high-level docs that outline what you can do in Terra, how to set up an account and account billing, and how to access, manage and analyze data in the cloud. QuickStart tutorials help get you started in under an hour with hands-on practice .

  • Biomedical research in the cloud on Terra plus-icon minus-icon

    Terra's mission is “to help accelerate research by integrating data, analysis tools, and built-in security components to deliver frictionless research flows from data to results”. How can Terra help you with your research? This article summarizes ...
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  • Account setup and exploring Terra plus-icon minus-icon

    Terra's mission is to help accelerate your research by integrating data, analysis tools, and built-in security components to deliver frictionless research flows from data to results.  Join our community and see how a cloud-native platform - built ...
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  • Navigating in Terra plus-icon minus-icon

      You can open the main menu bar for navigating Terra by clicking the three horizontal lines in the top left of the screen at any time. Use this menu to sign in and out of Terra, and navigate to the following sections, described in more detail bel...
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  • The workspace: your dedicated project space on Terra plus-icon minus-icon

    Simplify your analysis in the cloud by keeping everything in a workspace At the heart of working on Terra is a shareable computational workspace. It's like a computational sandbox with everything you need to complete your project. Link to data ...
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  • Understanding data in the Cloud plus-icon minus-icon

    Managing and organizing large amounts of data stored in multiple locations in the cloud can be challenging. Where is data stored? How do you access the data for analysis? How do you analyze it, and share results with colleagues? How do you organiz...
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  • Pipelining with workflows plus-icon minus-icon

    Workflows (aka pipelines) are a series of steps performed by an external compute engine - often used for automated, bulk analysis (such as aligning genomic reads). Pipelines run on Terra are written in Workflow Description Language (WDL), a workfl...
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  • Interactive statistics and visualization with Jupyter notebooks plus-icon minus-icon

    Jupyter notebooks are an open-source analysis environment where you can gain insight into study data in real time with interactive visualizing and analysis. In a notebook, you can import data - including processed genomics, phenotype and transcrip...
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  • Glossary of terms related to cloud-based genomics plus-icon minus-icon

    This document is meant as a helpful glossary for scientists who already have some familiarity with high performance computing (HPC) - such as those who are currently users of local HPC clusters in university departments or research institutes - an...
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