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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.

Documentation that is specific to branded projects powered by the Terra platform.

The vision of Terra is to enable the next generation of collaborative biomedical research. To that end, there are several projects that exist independently on the platform - AnVIL, BioData Catalyst, and FireCloud, for example. Each project on Terra serves a unique research purpose, while still offering the benefits of the Terra platform to every user.

Scientific Projects on Terra

anvil_logo__AnVIL_blue__035c94__transparent_bckgrd.png The Analysis, Visualization and Informatics Labspace (AnVIL)
The AnVIL project, funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, “is a scalable and interoperable resource for the genomic scientific community, that leverages a cloud-based infrastructure for democratizing genomic data access, sharing and computing across large genomic, and genomic-related data sets.”

BDC-logo-vertical.png BioData Catalyst
BioData Catalyst, funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, “aims to create a community of practice that is motivated to collaboratively solve technical challenges to enable NHLBI investigators to find, access, share, store, cross-link, and compute on large-scale data sets. Though the primary goal of the BioData Catalyst Consortium is to build a data science platform, at its core this is a people-centric endeavor.

firecloud-logo.jpeg FireCloud
The Cloud Resources (CRs) project, of which FireCloud is one, is funded by the National Cancer Institute. The CRs are components of the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC) “that bring data and computational power together to enable cancer research and discovery … The Cloud Resources also provide access to on-demand computational capacity to analyze these data. The Cloud Resources allow users to run best-practice tools and pipelines already implemented or upload their own data or analysis methods to workspaces.”


  • Terra's support for scientific projects plus-icon minus-icon

    The vision of Terra is to enable the next generation of collaborative biomedical research. To that end, there are several projects that exist independently on the platform - AnVIL, BioData Catalyst, and FireCloud, for example. Each project on Terr...
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  • AnVIL: Linking Gen3 and AnVIL on Terra plus-icon minus-icon

    Follow these step-by-step instructions to link your Gen3 credentials to your Terra account. This allows you to analyze Gen3 data on Terra. If you prefer a live demo, watch the four-minute Terra Quick Tips video!    1. First, log into Gen3 - htt...
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  • AnVIL: Galaxy on Terra FAQ plus-icon minus-icon

    This article provides supplementary information about using Galaxy on Terra. For detailed instruction on running Galaxy through Terra, check out our main article on Galaxy interactive environments. Please note that while these FAQs are based on in...
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  • BioData Catalyst: Billing overview for BioData Catalyst users plus-icon minus-icon

    The BioData Catalyst platform powered by Terra runs on the Google Cloud Platform, and all expenses are billed via Google Cloud Billing accounts. This article links to information in that section to get your account set up so you can start using Te...
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  • BioData Catalyst: Authorization Domain overview for BioData Catalyst users plus-icon minus-icon

    The Terra platform has a number of features to ensure the security of sensitive data accessed through the platform. Some of these features are in place automatically, while others, like authorization domains, are tools designed to give greater con...
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  • COVID-19 workspaces, data and tools in Terra plus-icon minus-icon

    In an effort to slow the impacts of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Terra team and our scientific collaborators are working as quickly as possible to make data and tools for COVID-19 analysis available in Terra.  We will maintain this a...
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  • Covid dashboard plus-icon minus-icon

    This article contains additional details about the workflows found in the [COVID19] workspace. You'll find a table outlining example inputs and outputs for each of the workflows listed in the workspace dashboard below. Getting Data into your work...
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  • Cancer Research Data Commons and other NCI cloud resources plus-icon minus-icon

      Below is a summary of Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) cloud resources, including the FireCloud data analysis and sharing platform, and how they meld together to advance cancer research. For more comprehens...
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  • Human Cell Atlas: Exploring HCA data on Terra plus-icon minus-icon

    This step-by-step tutorial uses the Intro-to-HCA-data-on-Terra workspace to import, access, and analyze Human Cell Atlas (HCA) data with community-supported single-cell tools like Bioconductor, Cumulus, Pegasus, Scanpy, and Seurat.  Contents Over...
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