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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.

  • 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 Freshworks freshsuccess (formerly Natero) -- coming soon User onboarding tools Appcues System logging and monitoring too...
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  • 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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  • Free credits FAQs plus-icon minus-icon

    Contents Free Credits Overview What can I do with my free credits in Terra? How long will my free credits be available? How do I track how much I’ve spent? What happens once the credits expire? How do I create my own billing account? ...
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  • How to set up billing projects and Google Billing Accounts plus-icon minus-icon

    Contents Because Terra runs on the Google Cloud Platform, all Terra costs, including storage, compute, and data egress, are ultimately billed via Google Billing Accounts. You will need a Google account to set up a billing account (same Google acco...
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  • Structure of Permissions, Groups, and Billing plus-icon minus-icon

    The article gives an overview of the structure of permissions in Terra, and includes a helpful diagram of a hypothetical scenario. Contents Permissions - how users access resources Groups - how large sets of users access resources Billing - the r...
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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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  • Managing data privacy and access with Authorization Domains plus-icon minus-icon

    Maintaining control and privacy of sensitive data are significant concerns in the world of genetic analysis. Research is frequently collaborative -- how do you balance keeping data secure, but still easy to share? Terra was designed with these com...
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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 is provided has a unique proxy group, displayed in the user's profile page in Terra. ...
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  • Terms of Service plus-icon minus-icon

    Your access to systems and networks owned by Broad Institute 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 applicable Broad I...
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