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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.

Whether migrating over from FireCloud or new to cloud computing, find info about billing, security, and account setup here.

  • How to register for a Terra account plus-icon minus-icon

    To register for a Terra account, you will need a Gmail account or another email account (an institutional email, for example) associated with a Google identity. NOTE: Proceeding through this section assumes you have created or already have a Googl...
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  • Setting up a Google account with a non-Google email plus-icon minus-icon

    The Terra platform requires a Google account, either a Gmail account, an institutional Google Apps account, or a Google Apps account that you create. Using your institutional email address will allow you to receive notifications via your instituti...
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  • Set up billing with $300 Google credits to explore Terra plus-icon minus-icon

    If you've never logged into the Google Cloud Platform to set up billing, you are eligible for $300 in free credits that can be used for work you do in Terra. This article answers FAQs about using the credits on Terra and step-by-step instructions ...
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  • How to set up billing in Terra plus-icon minus-icon

    Terra runs on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), so you’ll pay for all storage and analysis costs through a Google account linked to Terra. Once you set up your billing structure, Terra takes care of interfacing with the Google billing account. This...
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  • How to change the Google Billing account funding a Terra Billing project plus-icon minus-icon

    There are times when you may need to change the Google Billing account associated with a Billing project in Terra (note that the Billing project can be funding many workspaces). An example would be if there was a change to the funding source for t...
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  • How to add/remove GCP Billing account users plus-icon minus-icon

    If team members under a shared funding source need to be able to create their own Terra Billing project or view detailed cost breakdowns, the GCP Billing account Owner will need to add the user to the Billing account on GCP console. This article w...
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  • Managing data privacy and access with Authorization Domains plus-icon minus-icon

    Because research is frequently collaborative, you need to be able to keep sensitive genomic data secure, but still easy to share. Terra was designed to help you balance these competing requirements. Read on to see how. Contents Securing controlled...
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  • Understanding and setting up a proxy group plus-icon minus-icon

    In a nutshell, a proxy group is a list that holds service accounts for one or more users. This is used for managing access permissions to project data. Each user has a unique proxy group, displayed in the user's profile page in Terra. This proxy g...
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  • Government owned Websites and Datasets (Last Revised Feb 5,2020) plus-icon minus-icon

    The below lists of websites and datasets are the sole property of the federal government and have been made available for non-commercial usage through federal funds.  Websites: Terra.biodatacatalyst.nhlbi.nih.gov portal.firecloud.org Datasets:  1,...
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  • List of Third Party Tools plus-icon minus-icon

    Terra leverages the following third-party tools that may receive information about a Terra user: Analytics tools MixPanel User onboarding tools Appcues System logging and monitoring tools SumoLogic Kibana Sentry   Last updated 08/07/2020
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  • Terra/FireCloud Security Posture plus-icon minus-icon

    Security Posture An organization’s security approach is a combination of the way it understands the risks within which it operates, strategic choices about its business priorities, and any applicable regulations.  Collectively these define an orga...
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  • Security logout for clinical researchers plus-icon minus-icon

    To comply with regulatory standards for clinical researchers working with sensitive data, Terra will enable a feature that logs out of a session after 15 minutes of idle time. This article outlines the steps to follow to enable this feature and wh...
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  • Terms of Service plus-icon minus-icon

    Your access to systems and networks owned by The Broad Institute, Inc. ("Broad") is governed by, and subject to the following terms and conditions, as well as all Federal laws, including, but not limited to, the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a, if the ...
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