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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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  • How to remove Terra from your Google billing account plus-icon minus-icon

    To dissociate a Google billing account from all Terra-related charges, you can remove Terra from your Google billing account using the Google Cloud console. This article explains why you might want to dissociate Terra from a Google billing account...
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  • How to set up billing in Terra plus-icon minus-icon

    In Terra, billing is calculated per workspace, not per user. Every workspace on Terra has an associated Billing Project that cover storage, egress and compute costs for any work done in the workspace by any authorized user. When anyone with can-co...
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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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  • 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

    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 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 Freshworks freshsuccess (formerly Natero) -- coming soon User onboarding tools Appcues System logging and monitoring too...
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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 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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