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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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  • Access $300 Google credits to explore Terra plus-icon minus-icon

    If you haven't logged into the Google Cloud Platform before, you are eligible for $300 in free credits that can be used for work you do in Terra. Follow the three steps below to claim these.  1. Sign up for $300 GCP free trial credits  Go to Googl...
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  • How to set up billing in Terra plus-icon minus-icon

      Because Terra runs on the Google Cloud Platform, all Terra costs - including storage, compute, and data egress - are ultimately billed via Google Billing Accounts. This article goes over what operations incur charges and who pays, and step-by-st...
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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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  • Structure of Permissions, Groups, and Billing plus-icon minus-icon

    To manage access to resources (such as billing projects, workspaces and data, and workflow collections), resource owners will assign permissions (roles) to individuals or groups. This article gives an overview of the structure of permissions in Te...
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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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  • 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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  • How to remove Terra from a GCP Billing Account plus-icon minus-icon

    You may want to remove Terra from your Google billing account if you're leaving the platform and want to ensure that there is no possible way to be charged by GCP for any storage or compute associated with Terra. To do this, you will need to do tw...
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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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  • Free credits FAQs plus-icon minus-icon

    Note: The Free Credits program has been suspended as of July 2, 2020. Please follow this service notification article to get the latest updates. As an alternative, you can access $300 in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) credits by setting up billing on...
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