Terra

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Accelerating biomedical research with a scalable platform for genomic dataset analysis

What is Terra?

Verily and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have co-developed Terra: a scalable, secure and open-source platform driving greater collaboration in biomedical research.

Terra consists of a cloud-based architecture, biomedical datasets, researcher workbenches and open-source tools. Organizations or researchers can use Terra to develop new libraries and tools for multi-modal genomic data analysis, and make them available to the broader community. Terra is based on the key principles of the Data Biosphere: modularity, openness, community-driven and standards-based. 

How are you making it happen?

Terra is currently used by large research organizations and programs, including the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us and Accelerating Medicines Partnership for Parkinson’s Disease (AMP PD) initiatives, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and the National Heart and the Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Thousands of researchers use applications powered by Terra every month to drive greater discovery, reproducibility and innovation in biomedical research. Most recently, Terra released the All of Us Researcher Workbench, through which qualified researchers will be able to explore and analyze data from 200,000 participants in the federally-sponsored study.